The Principles of International Law

Jeremy Bentham

Essay 4, Footnote #03
Effect of distance

It is in proportion as we see things---as they are brought within the reach of our attention and observation---that we care for them. A minister who would not kill one man with his own hands, does not mind causing the death of myriads by the hands of others at a distance.

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PIL, Essay 4 A Plan for an Universal and Perpetual Peace.