Zeku wrote:Now try to distance yourself emotionally and morally from what I'm about to say next. Think about only the strategic, wartime implications, or you're going to misunderstand.
Trust me, that's exactly what I'm doing now-
Zeku wrote:American Indians? Not exterminated. Became a problem later.
Eastern European jews? Not exterminated. Became a problem later.
If I know anything about North American westward expansion by Euro settlers, it's that American Indians were encountered early on, and also early on the relations went sour. I can hardly call that kind of thing "sparing" a tribe, but case in point, some kind of convivencia exists today, there's no such thing as military battles between Canda or the US and Native Americans, so this goes against your "will bring trouble later" thesis.
This applies to the Mayan/Inca example too. The populations still exist, it's just the empires that are gone.
In both cases, what happened was that Euro settlers came in, fighting broke out, lasted quite some time, did not result in annihilation of the local population, but eventually, at least for now, things seem unwarlike. I guess your thesis is "trouble later", so in the grand scheme of things who knows what will happen in the future. Mmyeah, but kinda weak.
And the Eastern European Jews example is so bizzarely beyond the pale it's ridiculous. Who-wha-why? You mean, Hitler (so this argument is now officially over, carry on in the next thread) lost because some Jews got away? Stalin and the millions of Russian soldiers who gave their lives to push the Wermacht back to Berlin would disagree. Or maybe you mean the middle-ages pogroms should have done the job so that other wackos wouldn't get ideas in the XXth century? What the hell?
The whole point of this is lost if you keep it a secret.