Am re-reading the section in Don’t Know Much About (US?) History about exploration of the Americas, and it is amazing how many of the Spanish conquerers who wrought destruction and death on the natives ended up dying violently themselves — often just a year or two into their campaign. They were killed by natives, killed by their own people or died of some exotic fever. Which means all the lives they destroyed in pursuit of riches ended up only benefiting a few people in Europe who stayed in the comfort of their own castles.
Commentary: This is a recurring theme in human history – people in power benefit from the legions of masses who are willing to do the dirty work of terrorizing the masses. I truly hope there is a special place in hell for the lieutenants who do the dirty work of madmen (and madwomen) in power, whether it is the Nazis, death squads or VPs/Executives of ruthless Corporations (which are very much like the conquistadors who destroyed innocent lives in remote places).