To the end, Joe does not believe that the true crime lies with his giving the order to ship the faulty airplane cylinders. Near the end of Act 3, Joe tells Chris that everyone who was associated with the war is guilty because so many people made money from the war effort: "Did they ship a gun or a truck outa Detroit before they got their price?" Joe argues that any money made by the sale of war machinery is automatically unclean, but he says that so many companies were in business to make money that he was just one of the bunch. Joe says that if he has to go to jail for his actions, then everyone else in the country should have to go as well. So Joe believes that the true crime is trying to single out one man for the faults of an entire nation.