Robert M Watson Jr
This generalization is generally not true. A very typical approach is remove the immediate threat and move on to the next one until the mission is achieved. No time for dwelling as you described. That would be pathological - not typical.
Ah hah, true, "...would be pathological - not typical..."
Just because an open minded budoka used all the training to strike down an assailant does not mean we'd give into anger for punishment. As a mattter of opinion, most of the combat sports players I know have strong self-control and sense of fairness.
Combat can be a form of protection in action: A "tool" or a word is only as beneficial as the persons' virtue and the conditions of that time.
I can see how aikido isn't just fun, but can enhance an ethical persons' combat capability.