|John (scouse) Hirons|
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Quoting: Colin Hall
There were a few English gentlemen in that category too! One of them is the only King of England ever accorded the honour of a statue outside the Houses of Parliament; Richard the Lionheart. As a Crusader, he was the only guy ever to take Acre, when crusaders from several European countries had failed. The city surrendered to him, but when they were a bit slow in implementing the †the surrender agreement, he paraded 2700 of them in front of the city and had them slaughtered: women, children, old men, the lot!
The Japanese didnít invent butchery!
When I went to school, every classroom had one of those maps of the world covered mostly in pink to show how benevolent we British were to the rest of the world, which, when you get around the world a bit you realise was utter bullshit. The Brits had no hesitation whatsoever in killing people in order to give them the message as to who was in charge. There were massacres and atrocities wherever they set foot.
Alright Colin, We all learned about Richard Coeur de Lion in history & most of us know about the slaughter of Acre but there is a difference, he ruled at the end of the 12th century when such acts were commonplace. The Nipponese on the other hand committed their war crimes in the middle of the 20th century & claimed to be a civilised country.
You mention Acre your figures are right but unfortunately you claim of men, women & children is not correct only men were killed because of Richards worry about such a large number of enemy in his camp if attacked by Saladin on his move south. By modern standards this was an atrocity but by the standards of the time it was the norm.
Compare Acre with the city of Nanking, after the city had surrended the Imperial Army was let loose on the population. In 6 days they murdered an estimated 400,000 men women & children & raped between 60 & 80,000 women & girls of all ages.
The 2 cases are not comparable as one was committed in an age of barbary the other in a so called civilised age. We admit to the slaughter in the ’Holy Lands’ the Japs on the other hand do not.
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