There has yet to be a war without war crimes.
The US held some public trials and tribunals, and many soldiers were dishonorably discharged for misconduct in Iraq and Afghanistan. There were also less public issues, such as the recurring question of CIA torture pits, waterboarding etc.
The UN, OBSE, and Amnesty International have posted a number of reports about Ukrainian forces committing war crimes since 2014.
The question is - right now, it's a very "hot topic" to discuss allegations of Russian war crimes, but how do the actual numbers stack up against other conflicts?
- Numbers of allegations
- Numbers of self-administered investigations
- Numbers of self-confirmed crimes (yeah our soldiers misconducted, they will be punished)
- Numbers of independent investigations
- Numbers of confirmed crimes
Not only am I not surprised that soldiers can commit war crimes, but I expect them to. I'm not promoting war crimes in any way, but you can expect for an armed person, who lost a friend (brother in arms) to "snap", seek revenge, and "take it out" on civilians.
I'm just trying to gauge what is hype, and what is real.