I was reading the latest issue of The Atlantic and came across an interesting quote which was contained in Benjamin Schwarz’s review of a recent study of bombing campaigns during WWII. The author is Edgar L. Jones who was a veteran and reporter for the magazine in the last years of the Pacific War. From a 1946 report:
"We consider ourselves to be more noble and decent than other peoples, and consequently in a better position to decide what is right and wrong in the world. What kind of war do civilians suppose we fought, anyway? … As victors we are privileged to try our defeated opponents for their crimes against humanity; but we should be realistic enough to appreciate that if we were on trial for breaking international laws, we should be found guilty on a dozen counts. We fought a dishonorable war, because morality had a low priority in battle. The tougher the fighting, the less room for decency…"