Sid Guttridge wrote: ↑
28 Sep 2022 06:13
"All colonial wars resulted in ''mass murders''
". Really? What do you mean by "mass murder"?
You say, "the same applies for the wars between African tribes.
" I am not sure that we can be definitive on that due to lack of pre-contact evidence. There seems to have been a strong element of ritual in warfare in some primitive societies.
You say, "When civilians fight against soldiers, they can't expect any mercy .
" Why not? The laws of war don't preclude mercy.
You say, "That the circumstances differed, does not change the conclusion.
" It will if couched in such generalized terms as to be nearly meaningless.
Mass murders = mass killings of civilians .
And, yes ,we can be definitive on that,as outside Europe,there were no laws of war, no Conventions of the Hague. Even today .
About the laws of war and mercy :the reality is that even in Europe today,civilians who fight against soldiers,know very well what to be expect if they are captured .
If the Germans captured in WW2,or in 1870 an armed civilian, they shot him . The same for the US ,the same for Britain in Ireland, Kenya, South Africa,..the same for the Russians in the Caucasus .
A civilian who is shot in wartime can not complain, unless he can prove that he is shot because he is a civilian .