WordsA basic sociological insight is that societies and social
groups organize life through the development of shared norms, rules for
conduct. many societies have reached a consensus about the rules of war.
These are spelled out in The Hague laws and the Geneva conventions (See video
below). A quick google search will reveal many wartime atrocities have taken
globally throughout history. For example, rebel forces in Sierra Leone
have engaged in mass amputations of villagers, young and old alike.
Be warned, if you search for this information some of the images are
quite graphic and can be disturbing.