I agree that slaughter sucks. I was addressing only the adjectives the media pins on such events.
The reality I see is that war is always ugly. The fact that we can consider ourselves "morally superior" in the first world for applying rules to warfare is entirely predicated on the fact that we can afford to do so. When you have lots of money, you can afford to fight wars in a particular way that is more pleasing to you. When you are an impoverished underdog, you are much closer to the more ancient truth of war, which is that pretty much anything that works goes. I just think that the entire concept of honorable warfare is a BS materialist construct. We can afford to be "honorable" in warfare, so we unjustly try to belittle our enemies who can't.
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