fjafjan wrote:That's arguable. Most people would say that the Japanese had no right to invade China, and that they were indeed committing a crime by allying themselves with Stalin and Hitler.
Japan was not
allied with the Soviet Union in WWII.
I have thought about this subject to great lengths, in terms of morals, ethics and practical situations in the conduct of war. It demands much thought because the topic is complex with great consequences.
A distinction should be drawn between war and total war. Normal war, is generally were international laws regarding war is respected, total war, where you do everything in your power to meet your goals. The classic example of Total War is Germany versus the Soviet Union in WWII. Germany vs the Allies, UK&USA, the rules of war were generally respected.
One war is alot more pleasant to fight, especially for the civilians. Civilians and non-combatans, imo, are not legitimate targets in war, ever, collateral happens, if your objective is to destory a factory, and you know that some civilians are going to perish, I think thats ethical. However, bombing of Dresden clearly was not.
I dont buy the argument that its okay to kill civilians if it helps you win the war, even if its true, i think it horrificaly unethical.
Using that logic, its okay to kill medical staffs of the enemy, because they help treat the wounded which will return to fight when their wonds heal. It would be okay to kill POW's, so you dont have to guard them, feed them and they may escape.
When French civilians were were attacking German soliders and blowing up infrastuture, which is against the laws of war
, the Germans got tried at Nuremburg for taking actions against civilan populatinos for the unlawful actions of her people. But the allies did not when the bombed and killed hundreds of thousands of civilians. The only constant is that the side that wins is "right". Leave the civilians alnoe and fight a civilised war, as much as possible.
Read up on the invasion of the Soviet Union, that should never happen again, that was an uncivilised war.
I do also want to mention a "case study" for consequences of not respecting the rules of war.
When Germany started her u-boat campaign, the u-boats obeyed by the Naval rules of engagement of that time, surfacing and giving the merchantmen good time in order to abandon ship and get into the life boats before sinking teh ship. Churchil thought it would be a great idea to hide guns on these merchant men, so as the u-boats surfaced to give warnign, they were shot and sank by the merchant men. It took some time for the Germans to figure out what was going on, and from then on, merchant men were sunk without warning, because through the actions of the British, it made abiding by this civil aspect of warfare, dangerous.
Abide by the rules of war, and we can fight civil wars, which are ALOT better to be involved in than total wars.