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Thread #161905 Message #3851068
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
18-Apr-17 - 04:36 PM
Thread Name: BS:Mass murder of defenceless civilians-Korea 1951
Subject: RE: BS: Mass murder of defenceless civilians
Unfortunately, once you have gone to war, your first concern is to protect your own population and your own troops, you do that by making the war as short as possible and by defeating and expelling enemy forces from your territory.
This must always be carried out in a way that minimises death and injury to non-combatants. Failure to attempt to observe that is a war crime, recognised as such by law, though rarely dealt with as such in the case of those on the winning side.
Incidentally I'm not sure when the UK has in the course of its existence been engaged in a war that involved "expelling enemy forces from your territory", apart arguably from the Falklands. As for the USA the last time would have been in the American Revolution.