posted on Jan, 6 2013 @ 07:33 PM
I'd think summary executions like this, especially without a trial, were also evil.
I recall narratives to suggest that some of these guards helped the inmates, and even saved lives at their own risk.
While terrible things happen during war, such executions should never become the norm.
But there is a wider theme, that's also still a common subtext in many American films.
Often, when a victim fights and gains the upper-hand over the psycho-killer, he will say something like: "Kill me, and then you've become the same
monster I am, and then I have won."
OK, that's paraphrasing the issue a bit, but there's a truth to it.
Once you torture or just shoot unarmed people, then how have you not become a death-camp Nazi or psychopath?
And that goes for many political or religious persuasions.
Evil that begets evil is just a perpetuation of evil.
That's not meant to judge any historical person, but just some pondering on the context.
edit on 6-1-2013 by halfoldman because: (no reason