Posted by Bill R on June 30, 2000 at 19:32:35:
In Reply to: Re: The Patriot & portrayal of British soldiers posted by Ilse on June 30, 2000 at 18:56:48:
: : Ooooooo, VERY interesting, Brent. Thanks for posting these.
: : Dana S.
: I am sure it is very interesting, but it's still quotes without a source and therefore hardly scientific evidence.
: Brent , if you want to make a case, you'd better provide me with some proof, like where you got those quotes and where I can find them. Quotes out of the blue...... sorry...... Don't work for me...
I have no doubt those are pretty accurate and actual quotes. I imagine we could ask the Irish, the Scottish, the Boers, and others whom the English saw as in rebellion as to English chivalry. The English were quite ruthless in putting down rebellion. Not singling them out by any means. Not at all.
What I am saying is that both sides in war have some men or units who hate so much, or who use the war as license to feed their darker sides, that these citations of man's cruelty are rather typical.
Many nations viewed the Viet Cong and NVA as freedom fighters. Even our country today is engaged in politically correct rewrites of what occurred. However, I saw the extent of what the NVA and VC were capable of in their zeal and their barbarity.
Are they more likely as a nation or race to commit these kinds of barbarities? I respect their patience, their commitment, their endurance and perseverence. I will never forget, though, the things they did in the name of national liberation. Most often against their own countrymen.
Yes, I can believe the quotes. And I can believe there was similar committed against loyalists by "patriots" also. Somehow, in war, the ignorant and the depraved rise to the surface for a time it seems.
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