Your post is excellent, except for this part, that's complete balony. Systematic killing has been a feature of European societies ever since early Antiquity
Echoes, what is your background? Do you have a PhD in anything?
I don't like speaking about myself but I have a degree in Germanic philology.
You're saying my post is excellent and yet you expressed an opposite opinion just before. Weird.
Systematic killings of innocent people had been used by several armies before but were usually condemned by monarchs.
For example the sacking of the Palatinate by the French army in 1688. It was a plan by Louvois that he suggested Louis XIV but the King did not know all the detail. When he learned that the army used scorch-earth policy, he would threaten Louvois to death if it did not stop. Scorch-earth stopped after Louis XIV's anger (and the French army at that time also destroyed part of my own country).
When in 1794, Turreau submitted his plan of destruction of the Vendée to the Comité de Salut public
, he got their consent (though he had already started).
Difference between a Christian leader and atheist leaders.