"Fascism: Noun. An authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization. Characterized by extreme nationalism, authoritarianism, xenophobia, and isolationism." In my story we see a war from two primary points of view: A fascist military leader, and an oppressed 'undesirable' forced to fight for them. The story ends on a bitter note, with the full weight of the crimes committed laid on the heads of both these characters. Fascist gets called to answer for his crimes, while 'undesirable' is forced to live with simply getting away with it all. They were 'forced' to do it. But on the way there, the fascist laughs. He jokes with friends. He cares for his soldiers, and protects the lives of civilians caught in the middle. The enemy kills those he loves. He experiences real sadness. He dislikes having to carry out the more gruesome logical extremes of his beliefs. He is a murderer, but he experiences character growth. He is a villain, but he is not a hollow person. What would you do if you were writing a character like this? It's easy for me to see the humanity in anyone, but I don't want to come off as having a secret adoration for radical ideologies or mass murderers. I just wonder what people would think of this character. The moment he says something like "We have to protect the people, whether they want it or not." am I going to loose half of my audience? Maybe I should just write a book about a magical lizard/girl who discovers she is the chosen one.