Re: OT: sponge burning!
On Thu, Mar 29, 2007 at 10:22:59PM -0400, Roberto C. Sánchez wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 30, 2007 at 01:46:15AM +0000, Arnt Karlsen wrote:
> > ..even killing the enemy is illegal if you can "just" wound him to put
> > him out of the war, the most effective way is have your snipers plink
> > femurs at balls height. ;o)
> Of course, wounding the enemy is nearly *always* more desirable than
> outright killing him. That is because every wounded soldier takes at
> least one other soldier (or other person, even if not a soldier) in
> order to care for his wounds in the short term. So, from a resource
> perspective, wounded soldiers place a much heavier burden on a military
> force than corpses.
OTOH, wounded soldiers, even mortally wounded ones, often continue to
fight, so its hard to justify such moral calculus in the heat of
battle - one way or the other.
Paul E Condon