The Dresden atrocity, tremendously expensive and meticulously planned, was so meaningless, finally, that only one person on the entire planet got any benefit from it.
I am that person.
I wrote this book, which earned a lot of money for me and made my reputation, such as it is.
One way or another, I got two or three dollars for every person killed. Some business I’m in.
From Kurt Vonnegut’s introduction to the 1976 edition of Slaughterhouse-Five (1969)