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Response to Dragonfli (Reply #7)

Tue May 1, 2012, 03:59 AM

12. We must hope that our future enemies show us the mercy we were


so manifestly unable to show to our foes.

Interesting little historical tidbit: during the Revolutionary War, George Washington's forces captured many Hessian mercenaries. Rather than subject them to inhumane treatment, Washington and his subordinates ordered that the Hessian captives be treated humanely. (IIRC, one result was that when the war ended, many of those self-same Hessians stayed here rather than return to a Europe that held little future for them.) I always thought that treatment of captured soldiers demonstrated Washington's character in ways that all the patriotic hoo-hah never could. But that's me.

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