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Killing Your Opponent in War - Twice Over

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Published
Publication date10/01/2023
Place of PublicationRichmond, Virginia
PublisherInternational Policy Digest
EditionElectronic
Medium of outputOnline
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

There is something deeply unsettling about Prince Harry’s cavalier attitude towards his exploits in Afghanistan.

War, which once meant, dehumanizing your opponent is much more civilized now. While the principle of killing your opponent has not been expunged from the pages of modern war manuals, what is significant is the adoption of some civilizing principles that proscribe any dehumanizing act against your opponent – even after finishing them off.

Thanks to sensitivities surrounding modern values and aesthetics, however, there has evolved greater self-censorship and an emerging official regulatory principle regarding what can and cannot be displayed in the public domain regarding killing during wartime.