The metric for how much a culture runs on the favoring of honor versus the retaliation against dishonor is its tolerance for corruption.
A society with a true honor code could not excuse corruption the way the Middle East Arab nation does. The same is true for the Cheney administration, with its pronouncements of retribution but its coddling of corrupt cronies.
To which the apologists say, Yes but the other side tolerates corruption too. The answer to that is that the other side is not promoting a dishonor society in its coddling of corruption, even were that the case. It is the shift to the dark side that represents the real challenge to the welfare of American society.
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