Results of Washita Dec 10, 2010 23:06:47 GMT -5
Post by fred on Dec 10, 2010 23:06:47 GMT -5
I understand what you are saying. The context I am referring to is simple and it is something I have learned over many long and sometimes hard years. To me, the worst thing in this world is prejudice, racial, ethnic, or otherwise.
When I refer to "context," I mean simply that we-- as a supposedly civilized society-- must treat other peoples within the framework of their civilization, not ours. If we fight a primitive people, we cannot hold them to the same type of moral standards we have set or decided upon for ourselves. We were able to determine the proper punishment for Germans/Nazis after WWII because we were on the same moral or civilized platform the Germans were. We traded schools, businesses, treaties. Yet you cannot then turn to Africa and use those same legal or moral parameters on peoples living in the bush.
Indian depredations were different from white depredations. For them, it was ritual, religion, the afterlife. For us whites it was vengeance, revenge... maybe even pure animalism.
An example I always like to use is a military one. It incenses me when I hear these dumb-ass generals and politicians telling the American public that the Iraqi or Afghani armies are almost ready to assume the combat roles American troops now hold. Does anyone actually believe that crap? Does anyone actually believe those armies will ever be something other than rabble? I have said it before, and I will continue saying it: armies, like peoples, evolve. You cannot teach 4th generation tactics to a first generation military! We tried it in Vietnam and we failed miserably. I saw them at various service schools; sure, some of them are smart, just as smart as a white or black American officer; but the background, the support mechanism, the environment, the infrastructure is different, and all of those things regulate how a soldier operates and fights.
Do you see my point here?
My response to Laststand was simply that I don't agree with justifying committing atrocities just because an invading army was doing it. I feel that's moral relativism, and I try not to buy into that. Killing them is good enough for me is all.
Based on what you have said here, I agree with you 100%.
BTW: Can't wait for your book to hit the streets, and no, I'm not saying that to kiss your *ss.
Boone, I would be disappointed had you done or said otherwise. If you get it, I hope only that you enjoy it and find it as useful and as informative as I have found the information over the years. I only hope I have put it in a format that is helpful and interesting.
One of the reasons I decided to try to get the stuff published was that I was always referring to it when I posted on these boards or when I was writing articles for the Research Review. Even for myself, when it comes out, I will have a handy book-- not a zillion pages or a bunch of computer files-- that I can refer to.