How does one out of patriotism, chauvinism, parochialism, honor the immoral acts of willing participants in an immoral war? Immorality hides the truth, denies the truth, twists the truth to justify its own actions. Immorality loves deceit, innuendo, rationalization, justification, glamorization of base emotions to exalt inself against authenticity, sincerity, accuracy, and acknowledgement of right judgment.
Human beings have a longing to surrender themselves, to give themselves to something bigger than themselves, to something that transcends their individual ego, something that they have been told will give them honor and glory. However, when this desire gets manipulated for political ends, great evil ensues which brings the opposite: shame, dishonor, death, destruction, and horrendous guilt now medicalized as Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.
The human psyche unconsciously knows at a deep level when it is wrong, when it is off the path, when it has turned against what is just, good, and holy, and it is this knowledge which fuels the desire for repentence, for confession, for the deep examination of conscience which desires to exhume the truth.
There are those in denial who have such a vested interest in the status quo, in the need to be right, that to acknowledge the truth would lead to psychic suicide which is unbearable for the ego. The ego thinks it better for the spirit to die so that the ego should live rather than the opposite: that the ego should die so that the spirit should live.
Those living a spiritual life know that we should never fear the truth because the truth will make us free.