Samurai honor

A samurai, having killed the enemy general, offers his head to his commander.

Death is the end of life, and it is a common theme in war. It has been very rare for there to be a war without bloodshed, and World War II saw 75,000,000 soldiers and civilians be killed.


Ariphron of Tabqah death

Ariphron of Tabqah's death in battle

Death was something that people in olden times believed was honourable. The samurai believed that dying a "warrior's" (death in battle) death was the most honorable achievement that one person could get, and many either committed seppuku (ritual suicide) to stab themselves in the chest (disemboweling themselves) until they bled to death or were beheaded by a companion to keep their honor, or tried to get themselves killed by bravely charging the enemy. Notable seppuku victims were Nobunaga Oda, Katsuie Shibata, and Mototada Torii, while notable warriors' deaths were Yukimura Sanada, Sakon Shima, and Kansuke Yamamoto.
Ethen Province death

Ethen Province being shot in battle

In European views, death was not honorable, but one would be considered brave if they died in battle leading their forces. Many European generals who were killed in battle were not trying to get killed, but just trying to lead their men from the front, or even, from the rear. Many generals were shot dead in battle by muskets, cannons, or mortars, or were killed by trampling, being cut down with a sword, or by drowning. Targeting officers was not considered polite, as the troops needed someone to direct them and their conduct in battle.

After the end of the horrible World War II, which cost 75,000,000 lives, the United Nations was set up in hopes of preventing further wars. However, deadly conflicts continued in the world; although nationalism was dead, wars of decolonization in the aftermath of the war, wars between the newly-independent and poor countries, wars over resources, and ages-old religious conflicts were waged across the world. As Plato once said, "Only the dead have seen the end of war."