Women, children, and the elderly, have been slaughtered in war for millenia. It is a common, ancient thing. Only in recent, “civilized” ages was it considered especially wrong. In the old days, women and children were often taken captive and enslaved, as well. That doesn’t happen so much today, at least on the battlefield. It does happen on the black market.
In Nahariya, Israel on Wednesday, July 26, 2006. An Israeli elderly couple living
in an underground bomb shelter in the northern Israeli city of Nahariya, the site
of multiple rocket attacks by Hezbollah guerrillas. (Newsday / Moises Saman)
People who live in glass houses should not thrown stones. There are apparently
no bomb shelters in southern Lebanon. Israelis are certainly prepared to have
stones thrown at them. It is not their fault that Hezbollah abuses the Lebanese.
Today, women and children of the Muslim world have been trained to destroy themselves, and others. They are not always so innocent anymore. Yet, the enemy of all good knows that Western civilization today does not look kindly upon the slaughter of women and children. (Or, at least not on the slaughter of women. Free abortion begs the question about the slaughter of children. For that matter, scientists tell us know that abortion is definitely linked to breast cancer. It’s a hormonal issue. So, the West is willing to torture women, if not slaughter them, or so it seems).
In even more egregious hypocrisy, the Muslims murderers decry the deaths of “innocents” in Lebanon, even as Hezbollah continues to use women and children as shields. This ploy they use to weaken the resolve of the West. This fraudulent lamentation they use to turn the the world against Israel. It seems to work, because most people abhor the slaughter of innocents. The problem is, it is Hezbollah that is doing the slaughtering! The world can’t put two and two together. Otherwise, Islam would be universally outlawed as the most vicious, dangerous, and horriid cult every to curse mankind.
That’s if the West truly values life, however. The West has seen a lot of slaughter too, historically. When the Europeans first came here, they experienced the slaughter of their women and children–by American Indians. The Jamestown Massacre comes to mind, when the Powhatan Indians brutally 347 Englishmen, men, women, and children, comprising nearly a quarter of Virginia’s English population in 1622. (Of course, the Powhatans had given full waring, and apparently did not plan such a massacre. This would be certainly similar to the current situation in southern Lebanon. Israel has warned all. Yet, Hezbollah would have the slaughter.)
Of course, a few years later, in Connecticut, the English colonists massacred a Pequot village in Mystic. Some 500 women and children were shot or burned alive. That was called the Mysic Massacre, of Connecticut, in 1637.
There were numerous massacres in American Indian/ United States history, involving the slaughter of women and children.
More recently, in 1864, there was the Sand Creek Massacre, when 700 US soldiers and Colorado volunteers went out and slaughtered 150 Cheyenne and Arapaho women, children, and elderly. That was under Colonel John M. Chivington, former Methodist minister.
Of course, we mustn’t leave out Wounded Knee, of 1890, when the US Army slaughter 150 Sioux were killed and 50 wounded. A good number of these were women and children and elderly.
Quanah Parker, leader of the last free Comanche
For that matter, sometimes animals get slaughtered. Remember how Col. Ranald Slidell MacKenzie was able to get the last of the Quahadi Comanche to surrender? He slaughtered some 1,400 of their horses out near Palo Duro Canyon, in the summer of 1874. The Comanche surrendered the next spring at Fort Sill, without a fight. They were starving.
Col. Ranald S. MacKenzie, slaughterer of horses.
In the old days, wars were fought to win. To win usually means to slaughter. That’s what’s so ugly about war. It is not a sport. Is is a desperate struggle to kill or be killed. When an opposing force is vulnerable, the aggresser must vanquish.
If there is no enemy left around, the defeat is more certain, lasting, and safe. The price is dreadful. And obviously, in the history of the world, slaughter is no guarantee. Hiroshima and Nagasaki teach that lesson, when some 214,000 Japanese “women and children” went up in smoke. Wars have continued, even after such a cataclysm. Sure, they were warned. The only redeeming factor in the Japanese story is that Japan has never proved a military threat again. However, they are a most formidable economic power in the world. There are those who say this was Japan’s aim from the start, and that WWII was the usurpation of Japanese initiative by egotisical war lords, trying to re-live the Samuri days. Japans energies had been hi-jacked.
Whatever the case, slaughter is horrid, yet some part of humanity continues to indulge in it. It is a remarkable thing, that Israel continues to show restraint, sacrificing even those of its own citizenry, to avoid complete slaughter of the enemy in southern Lebanon–an enemy which slaughters women and children before the world.