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To: <H-WAR@H-NET.MSU.EDU> Subject: Most "Law Abiding Adversary" Dear Collegues: The Weapons--Napalm/Flamethrowers reminded me of a question that has puzzled me for some time. In recent conflicts, it has struck me that Western forces face adversaries that systematically breech every written and unwritten code of war. At the same time the media and international opinion demand an almost devine ability on behalf of the individual Western soldier to heed every convention to the letter, to hit every target without any collateral damage - with no room for error. And any testemony from the most ruthless dictatorship, insurgent or terrorist are taken at face value without any critical appraisal of their credibility from journalists. From the horror stories of Gitmo to the infamous babymilk factory of Bagdad. Then I must ask my self, what adversary of the United States in a major war over the last century have been the most law abiding adversary? That is, towards towards US forces. I would guess the following : 1. Imperial Germany 1917-1918 2. Italy 1941-1943 3. Nazi Germany 1941-1945 4. North Vietnam 1964-1973 5. Iraq 1991; 2003 6. Iraqi Insurgents/Taliban 2001- 7. North Korea/Communist China 1950-1953 Frode Lindgjerdet, Archivist, Norwegian Home Guard, Freelance Historian ----- For subscription help, go to: http://www.h-net.org/lists/help/ To change your subscription settings, go to http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=h-war -----