It surprises me that anyone compares the war crimes of the Holocaust, where the Germans killed Jews who were absolutely no threat to them, to American soldiers, who might lose it a bit in combat when they don't know who is their enemy and who is their friend. I don't know if you can blame the American soldiers too much for that. The whole situation is kind of sad - however, needless killing is definitely NOT advocated. By the way, noone even brought up the Russian gulag, brought about by Stalin, which had a death toll of 19 million total. How about the taboo subject of what the Turkish did to the Armenians - around 2 million dead. Yes, I know it is politically incorrect to mention this, but what happened is what happened. With a loose definition of genocide, the killings by the Crusaders of jewish communities in Mainz, Wermz, and Blois become genocides. (These are pretty close to be honest) If you extend further, then countries who conquered other countries committed genocide. When we make too big of a deal of the arguably smaller things, people will be led to take the truly big less seriously.