Originally Posted by patteeu
I agree with your position for the most part, but I'd bet that if Nazi Germany had won World War II, those two wouldn't have been hanged.
And if Bin Laden & Zarqawi''s jihad prevails, beheadings will be considered to have been an acceptable means to the end.
Atrocities are in the eyes of the victor. That's not to say that the victor won't view some extreme acts by their own forces to be atrocities, but if your side wins your chances are a lot better of getting away with pushing the envelope.
I agree with your point, but IMHO even if the atrocity-committing side wins, they still committed atrocities.
In other words, it's not ALL contingent on who wins, but I agree that whether anyone is PUNISHED afterwards IS contingent on who wins.