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 Posted: Fri May 4th, 2007 10:37 pm
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Can't agree with you that there should not be an ethical component of war, otherwise why take prisoners, just line them up and stab them with a bayonet.  That's a much easier solution for the captors.

I'll not agree that there were perhaps more ethical components of war. War has nothing to do with ethics. When involved in conflict, the question of ethics tends to fade in importance to simply winning.

When you said "should not be an ethical component........" I'll assume that you meant ought not to be.  On that, I could agree. But what ought to be and what is are entirely different things. War is cruelty and cannot be refined. (Trivia 101: Who said that before Sherman?)


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