War is destructive, not only of people and property, but also of common decency. Although wars may arguably be necessary in some unimaginable circumstances, even then they must be made gentler and nicer. The facts are beyond dispute (hence no citations to authority are needed), and to assert positions contrary to those set forth here constitutes a crime against humanity.
Way back when, in Man's more primitive environment, people who fought in wars were paid by the grant of rape and pillage privileges. Prisoners of War (mainly high ranking ones, some of whom actually fought in those days) were held for ransom. Rape and pillage were seen as good things; they reduced the costs of wars borne by those demanding them and, if successful, demoralized the enemy. And, of course, the people raping and pillaging enjoyed those activities and had no immediate need to engage in them closer to home.
These things are no longer done by civilized nations and don't seem to cause much concern amongst the civilized when done by the uncivilized; those raped, pillaged and held for ransom are generally well accustomed to these things and don't seem to mind very much. Had they themselves been able to rape, pillage and hold their opponents for ransom, they would doubtless mind even less.
But perhaps I digress. How can we have nicer wars in circumstances where one or more of the combatant nations or groups is civilized? That is the question. Clearly, some fundamental changes must be made, and perhaps the most important change for which we can hope and in which we can believe is that civilized combatant nations will cease to portray their opponents in ways which dehumanize them.
Even after rape and pillage was no longer accepted, it was still thought appropriate to encourage soldiers to think bad thoughts about combatants on the opposing side(s). Hence, during World War II, the Germans were called bad names — Dirty Hun! — and depicted as doing all manner of evil. Outrageous libels concerning the alleged Holocaust were viciously spread to this end. The Japanese were called "Japs," and ridiculous stories about their allegedly indecent treatment of prisoners of war were rampant. During the Korean Conflict, the peace-loving troops of North Korea — who sought only to provide the indisputable benefits of benign socialism to their misguided brothers to the south — were slanderously referred to as "Gooks*" and said to engage in acts of extreme brutality. The purpose of these terrible lies and distortions was to condition soldiers on our side to view their opponents as less than human and therefore deserving of death. There must be a way to make this travesty stop. Fortunately for humanity, I have given this matter much profound thought, and now offer the following solution: