The place you will always long for but never be able to go.
Democracy killed that civilisation.
Even if the soldiers wanted to, such an act would never be allowed, because the bureaucratic minds that run the world do not approve. The prisoner must be restrained, and in a secure area. The wounded friendly has no authorization to be in the prisoner area. The civility inherent in the gesture is fraternization, which is clearly prohibited by rules, regulations, and codes of conduct.
While I have every sympathy for the combatants in what turned out to be a grim war, I do wonder -- given the clarity of the image -- if this was not something of a propaganda picture. "See how kind we are even to our enemies," etc.We do the same now, except we welcome our enemies into our society and give them welfare and free homes.
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