For the same reason that Operation Phoenix or Operation Gomorrah or bombing Cambodia were acts of sovereign nations. Whether by dictator, President, Parliament or Pope, if it is sovereign State-authority it is by definition LEGAL; to say otherwise is to say that there is a higher legal authority. Pull your head out. Something may not be in the newspapers or be put to the people in plebiscite and might have still happened (legally).David Thompson wrote:Other responses talked about the legality of orders: "If a sovereign nation pronounces murder to be legal, it is legal." Well, this particular instance involves the mass executions of civilians by German military and security forces during WWII. The executions were carried out on the basis of an unwritten, secret order from Hitler. Many Germans were not aware of these killings until after the end of WWII.
So, how is this murder order the act of a "sovereign nation"? I don't recall reading about Hitler submitting the order to the Reichstag for enactment. I've never read about a "Ja" or "Nein" plebescite on the subject.
By the way, I never said that the murders/killings didn't happen, and I did say that they were morally-wrong, though probably not illegal.
Maybe the order was transmitted by telepathy to fool us? Somebody generated the order at some point in the government along the military chain-of-command, and unless it spontaneously generated out of the legendary latent German anti-Semitism, it was probably a LEGAL military order no less than firebombing a village.What is it about the murder order that is legal? What is it about this secret, unwritten murder order that makes it a duly enacted expression of the German national will?
Well, you'd better put them back into your head. Use both hands.Yeah, I hear the screws dropping to the floor.