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  •  You still saw echoes of that in WW2 (6+ / 0-)

    At least on the Western Front among the air corps.

    Of course, as the war dragged on, it just became more and more hideous.  

    It's one of the reasons I think the armed forces have such little use for the true definition of "Honor" nowadays, which is often in direct opposition to pragmatism.

    You don't shoot an unarmed man.  You don't kill a surrendering enemy.  You don't torture.  Period.  It's pretty much the golden rule, and requires a little empathy and acknowledgement of the enemy as a human. (There but for the grace of... etc...)

    Instead, Honor nowadays is defined as "Following Orders, and following an arbitrary set of rules which change on political expediency."  

    /rant off.

    I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

    by detroitmechworks on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 12:10:59 PM PST

    •  I think honor still means no torture. (2+ / 0-)
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      detroitmechworks, don mikulecky

      Those who torture distort the meaning of honor and there is still honor to be found in a few good men and women.

      •  I wish that was the case... (1+ / 0-)
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        Karl Rover

        But I would like to direct you to the US Army's definition of Honor.

        "Live up to the other Six Army Values."

        Which are: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Integrity and Courage.

        Not a word about respecting the enemy in ANY of that.  It's always about "Fellow Soldiers" and Citizens of the US...  blah blah...

        IMHO the true definition of an honorable person is one who respects ALL of humanity, not just the ones on his side.

        I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

        by detroitmechworks on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 12:23:03 PM PST

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