Whether kidnapped or shot where they fell,
When captives are killed we can tell
What Sherman once noted
And often is quoted:
Suffice it to say, it's all Hell!
It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell.
--William Tecumseh Sherman
Rules of engagement
The Guardian, 11/17/04
Kidnapped Aid Worker Hassan Feared Dead
NPR, All Things Considered, 11/16/04