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Escaping Blame

When an arsonist burns down a nursing home, did he intend to kill the elderly inside? He would claim no. To him, killing them was just a side effect of producing a pretty blaze. I would say yes because he was well aware they would not be able to escape. In a similar way, American generals claim they don’t intentionally kill civilians. Yet I have seen with my own eyes US forces dropping bombs on apartment buildings and mosques. The generals claim they were trying to kill armed resistors, yet clearly they killed more children, women and elderly since they outnumber the targets in the general population. The generals play these word games to make it sound as if they only rarely kill civilians. Hitler could have excused himself the same way for his rocket attacks on London.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)

Lancelot’s Code of Honour

Lancelot had the custom of never killing a knight who begged for mercy, unless he had sworn beforehand to do so, or unless he could not avoid it.

~ Steven Pinker (1954-09-18 age:62) The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

The medieval knights have been whitewashed. They were bloodthirsty, cruel, rapists and warlords. The ones that went to the Crusades killed every person living in Jerusalem, Christian, Jew or Muslim, man, woman or child.

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