Joseph Salemi said:
If you say that moral standards don't apply in wartime, then you cannot condemn Hitler for ordering the extermination of European Jewry, since he believed it to be a military necessity. The same holds for the Turkish genocide against the Armenians in 1915--the Turks felt that the military situation demanded it.
We don't tolerate the extrajudicial killing of POWs, or the rape of enemy women, or the pillaging of civilian property. We don't finish off wounded enemy soldiers, or machine-gun survivors of a sinking enemy ship. All of these things do happen sometimes, but civilized men have always recognized them as beyond the pale of proper behavior.
The same holds for acts of naked aggression against unoffending countries. If Germany's attack on Poland in 1939 was criminal, why is Italy's attack on Greece in 1940 not criminal?
I am sorry that you are not sleeping well. Try the following: A cup of good hot chocolate with a tot of cognac in it. You will sleep very soundly.
Amico Mio…..Morals and war at any time did/do not go together. The attempt to codify morals to paper was made mid way through ww2 and shortly thereafter (war crimes). As can be seen by the state of the world we doll out justice to those who seem fit for it.
Of course on a moral level…a human level, the attempt to exterminate the Jews by the Germans and the Armenians by the Turks (who by the way admit to no such thing regardless of the evidence and regardless of most of the Western world recognizing it including Canada , but not the USA for some political reason!) is 100% disgraceful, disgusting and a lot more adjectives that I can’t come up with at the moment….
But we are dealing with political entities whereby the state ceased to be human (not unlike corporations today). Faceless entities that did/do what they did/do for the good of the fatherland or motherland. Whereby the few were sacrificed so that the many may flourish. This is the perversion that Himmler foisted on his ss and condemned them to the dregs of history.
We tolerate what the time calls for nothing more and nothing less be it Jews, Catholics, Muslims, Italians , Russians, etc…
I never said that Italy’s attack was or wasn’t criminal. I think that you have to view that within the context of the times. If as has been stated by several well versed contributors that there was to be no battle but rather a march then would that still be considered criminal? Was Germanys union with Austria criminal? If however you do wish for a direct answer from me then I would say that Italy’s attack on Greece was more criminal than Germany’s on Poland. Why you say? Because Poland like Yugoslavia was a creation of the Paris peace of 1919. Poland as a state didn’t exist for 300 years prior to WW1. Post WW1 Poland was created at the expense of the Kaiser’s Germany.
I don’t know Joseph…I think if I gave the babies hot chocolate and cognac the childrens aid society would coma knockin :)