I am not going to comment on recent cases where soldiers have been prosecuted, but I feel that it would be interesting to discuss conduct in a war zone. Being a civvie Im not really qualified to comment on this...but I will anyway. There is a dichotomy between the mindset/actions of those who are doing a nine-to-five in peacetime and those fighting a war. In a healthy, peaceful society, we do not want the population to be willing to kill each other. For soldiers at war the mindset of the individual MUST be such that they are willing to kill others. That mindset must surely carry a price. My expectation would be that part of that price is the occasional misdeed or excessive force being used, good discipline notwithstanding. The question I have is, "What standards of conduct should apply to soldiers in a war zone?" (Excluding the occasions where, for operational reasons, normal rules cannot apply.) As stated I will not comment on recent events, however, during WWII there were many actions by those in the UK armed forces which today, would be classed as criminal acts, or war crimes, for which at the time there were no punishments. If the army honestly believe that strict adherence to civilised rules when war-fighting is tactically the way to go, then I have no concern. If however, political correctness is seeping into the gears of the fighting machine, then we ALL have something to fear. If, to achieve the goals sets out, we need to accept a certain level of harshness in the actions of our soldiers, we need to understand and accept that. Some scenarios for consideration / discussion. 1. During ongoing war-fighting, some locals are committing violent crime. There is no formal justice system. Is giving them a shoeing acceptable as a quick fix? 2. WWII The summary execution of a German guard in one of the camps when British forces liberated it and found out what was going on. 3. Ongoing genocide, you find one/some of the perpetrators. The national / international legal process is either non-existent or will be ineffective and many more will suffer / die. What do you do? Ski.