Killing Civilians

The modern theory of warfare (World War II on) is if somebody shoots at you, they are likely well-trained and hard to kill. It is safer and easier to leave them alone. Instead you should kill somebody else who is much easier to kill, e.g. women, children and elderly. The theory is, those that shot at you will be so hurt by what you did, they will stop shooting at you. This, of course, does not work, as the endless wars in Palestine, Afghanistan and Iraq attest. Why doesn’t it work? One reason is soldiers are largely nasty selfish sadists who don’t give an shit about anyone but themselves. They just like killing and torturing people for any excuse. They might even vicariously get off on the deaths of the women, children and elderly, as is the custom of serial killers. The other reason is one of the women you kill might be a beloved wife or mother. Your opponent might then vow revenge even if it means a suicide attack. If you think about it, this strategy is as nutty as Cleavon Little, as Sheriff Bart, taking himself hostage in Blazing Saddles.

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