I finished rereading the book. While Sid is a flawed person and makes some bad decisions, I am not left with the feeling that he is a horrible person. I believe he was ground down by the terror of an impending war and the claustrophobia of living so close to 3 other people.
Also, the guilt that he feels continues to haunt him and seems to have ruined his life after he returns to the U.S. He did not foresee the consequences of what he did. Not having lived through the horror of what he experienced it is hard for me to judge him.
I also think the book raises some interesting questions about individual interests vs. those of the group when we feel our lives are at risk.
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