In both Germany, Japan and among the allies, the killers regardedthemselves not as mass murderers but as patriots performing a grimand necessary task.
Was the killing in WWII unique?
In the 2
Punic war (146 BC) the Romans destroyedCarthage,
after the cities forces fell, Roman soldiers burned the city to theground,2.
killed 150,000 out of 200,0003.
sold the remainder into slavery.
During the Mongol conquests, Genghis Kahn and successorsbelieved that city life was corrupt and dissolute and as suchshould be destroyed. And they did.
In AD 1258 the Mongols captured Baghdada)
proceeded to massacre 800,000 of the inhabitants and razedthe city.b)
This ended the era of Mesopotamian cities which could betraced back to the 4
Tamerlane, who claimed to be a descendant of Kahn invaded Indiain 1398.a)
In 1383 he build 2,000 prisoners into a mound and brickedthem overb)
in 1398 massacred 100,000 prisoners in Delhic)
In 1400 he buried alive 4,000 Christian soldiers in Sivas
The 30 years war: 1618-1648
Cities besieged and occupants slaughtered for their food and toreduce them2.
Population of Germany dropped from 21 million in 1618 to 13million in 16483.
In Bohemia, 29/35,000 villages destroyed.4.
Of the 8 million Germans killed in the war, only about 350,000were soldiers.5.
This leads to about 150 years of lower intensity war
Until the French Revolution.