Two events today illustrate what happens when evil is not confronted.
Former Serb Dictator Slobodon Milosevic, the "Butcher of the Balkans," was found dead in his cell at the Hague, where he was imprisoned on war crimes charges for his role in the ethnic cleansing that followed the break-up of Yugoslavia in the 1990s.
As the Serb leader, he was responsible for the death of Croats, Muslims and other non-Serbs. Rape, mutilation and murder were methods used routinely by his forces.
The world was slow to respond, and before he was removed from power more than 200,000 men, women and children had been killed.
Also found dead today was American peace activist Tom Fox, who was kidnapped with three companions last November in Iraq.
Fox's body was found in a Baghdad street, a bullet in the head and marks of torture on his body.
He was a member of the Quakers, and as such voiced opposition to any armed action again terrorists or others commiting violence. No doubt a moral and righteous man, he failed to understand that some people are so blinded by hatred and evil that they are beyond reason, and there are times when such evil must be confronted in order to protect the innocent.
He paid for that mistake with his life.