When looking to pass judgment on the prior actions of others, particularly in a historical context, always be sure to account for the situational environment of the historical figure who took the actions upon which one looks to judge. All too often it seems many authors look to persuade readers to a certain viewpoint as to why any historic figure acted in a given manner while the author is all too quick to pass judgment on those actions without explaining the entire situational environment present at the time of the actions in question. Not to make excuses for the actions of anyone or anything like that. But, what is now considered wrong or right, may not have been exactly so when the historic figure acted.
AVT (December, 2014)