Disclaimer: LOST is the property of ABC. This was written per request on my livejournal.
'Revenge' is not a word that Ben likes to apply to his motives. To seek revenge implies a lack of control; that something went wrong and someone has to pay for it. Nor does he consider himself vindictive. That implies pettiness; an inability to see past oneself. And Ben sees the big picture. He's always seen the big picture.
Still. Still, there's something poetic about the fact that it's him that Sayid stumbles to for help; for fixing. Something poetic about the fact that he's broken both in body and in spirit, when he could only manage half of that for Ben. And maybe it's not in the big picture, but there's something just a little poetic about revenge.