Megas Alexandros and the Royal "We" (Meros A)
How does an empire treat the citizens of conquest during the battle for occupation, the occupation and after the fall of the empire? Isn't it possible to gauge the degree of civilization held by the empire by answering these questions?
From media of the U.S.A. and England it's not unusual to hear journalists and military personnel, while talking about the occupation of Iraq and the war in Afghanistan, to bring up the name of Alexander the Great such as, "We have been having problems with them (the barbarians) since Alexander the Great."
Neither the U.S.A. nor England have a rightful claim on the legacy of Alexander the Great. Especially based on the conduct of politicians, contractors and military leaders concerning the ongoing struggles in Iraq and Afghanistan. The actions of the modern Anglo led coalition resemble the attitude and violence of Genghis Kahn.
The modern culture of the U.S.A and England compared to the ancient cultures are diametrically opposed. Destruction and violence always wear the same ugly face. There are other variables in the mix.
For example, in the ancient time of Alexander the Great, both he and King Darius led their soldiers into battle and stayed to make decisions as how to proceed during the battle. Facing one's enemy face to face was considered the honorable way to conduct war. When King Darius was betrayed by his offices and left to die, the Greek Macedon soldier, Polystratus, happened upon Darius. Polystratus gave him water and stayed close while King Darius died. King Darius is reported to have thanked God that he didn't die alone.
Polystratus rushed to Alexander. Alexander immediately went to Darius, he wrapped the body of Darius in his own cloak and made sure Darius was treated with the honor due a king and buried with Persian ancestors in Persepolis. Darius' mother was so moved with the respect Alexander showed to her dead son and his family that she regarded Alexander as her son.
Although Saddam Hussein was not Persian, he was the leader of Iraq. Remember the hypocrisy and denial of responsibility Anglo leaders displayed while pouring blame on Saddam Hussein for criminal acts. Remember ease with which Saddam Hussein's pursuers and executioners felt while spewing ridicule and vitriol. It begs the question, if a country's leaders cannot treat enemies nor perceived enemies civilly and judicially . . . how can leaders respect themselves? How can anyone respect them?