Am I a cold-hearted, unfeeling bastard? When it comes to politics, absolutely. My feelings are reserved for those closest to me that my conscience would trump my rationality. I don't invoke my conscience when dealing with numbers.
And if you think I'm terrible, what about the politicians that made the decisions to drop the two bombs on Japan? Was that also merciless and cruel and evil and a flagrant disregard for human rights? All I have to say is that judging by the current state of affairs between America and Japan, had we not dropped those two bombs, things may have wound up far worse.