At 01:43 PM 11/12/2002, you wrote:
At 08:00 PM 11/8/2002 -0700, Steven wrote:
Prior to the Civil War noncombatants were traditionally and legally by the laws of nations left alone. The concept of total war (targeting civilians as well as combatants) had its roots in the Civil War (when war would be poured out upon all nations) beginning with General Sherman's march to the sea.
Hogwash! Traditionally, raping and looting were the means by which the troops were paid. "War is Hell" did not originate with Sherman.

Rick Mathis
I was talking about civilized nations here. Internationally, beginning about the 1600's or so, there were several treaties which detailed nations conduct during war. Somewhat similar to the Geneva Convention for example, which proscribes signatories from bombing hospitals and outlines proper procedures for handling the captured (POW's).



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