Broken Finger wrote:
The Veidt Method wrote:
Again: He killed his own people. That did not really help his goals.
Silencing people who could betray his secrets?
Cold-blooded murder of three people who owed their lives to Adrian and were completely loyal to him?
Blake betrayed the secrets despite
himself. He actually wanted
to keep quiet, but eventually got drunk and started blurting out way too much information.
So here are three people who may not agree with Veidt's reasoning, as Blake did -- but I'll grant, for the sake of argument, that they do.
Oh, they might instead have some moral hang-up like Rorschach did -- but I'll play devil's advocate to assume they're like the guy who genuinely wanted to keep the secret but failed.
Incidentally, I take a slightly different view of the following:
Sure it did, and he even told you how. That was his backup. If people came knocking and saw how it connected to Veidt's empire, Veidt would simply say it was 3 high-ranking individuals in his company. Presumably, if any of them were to give an order, people would assume it would was coming from Veidt. Veidt would say they abused this trust and power, and have plausible deniability towards the whole mass-murder thing.
To me, it's not so much about being able to offer 'em up as scapegoats; it's more about his tactic of using layers of silenced cut-outs. Remember how someone pays Guy A to pay Guy B to pay Roy Chess to shoot at someone? Guy B can't
tell you who set that in motion, because he never knew that; once Guy A is cut out, Guy B is largely a useless dead-end of an informant."Sealed envelopes, one with cash, one with instructions. I had to find a reliable contract hit, give him both ... all the other freight handlers who were in on things. Supposed to be accidents; overdoses ... my boss, guy gave me the envelopes, he fell under a subway train.
Rorschach tells Guy B that "you were unaware whose execution you were arranging? Maybe person arranging yours doesn't know either."
back-and-forth is the bit that dovetails with his later comment: "Those involved are all dead, killed by killers who killed each other, a lethal pyramid ... my servants' death from exposure, after drunkenly opening my vivarium, provides its final capstone."
Imagine that one of the servants hired Guy A; just like Guy B already
has no idea that Veidt's servant hired Guy A, Veidt's servant already
has no idea that Guy B paid Roy Chess to do anything. Cutting out Guy A makes it so that neither
the servant nor
Guy B knows Veidt hired Chess; they could theoretically put it together if they ever met, but, hey, dead servant, no problem.