By the time they freed Anne Frank, she had already died. By the time they reached Bonnhoeffer, he had been killed.
Is perfection necessary, or is “good enough” a better idea?
If you wait too long there will be no point. The nation will have been overthrown.
In the story of the Good Samaritan, three people passed by the guy robbed and dying on the road (in this case, the nation). It was the third who took positive action. What if the third passed by as well? Or was so slow that the beaten up and injured man died before he passed by?