I'm sure you could have picked a more distasteful example, but then so could have I, perhaps a Serb HQ (they had, relatively speaking, lots of artillery) in Bosnia or Croatia?
I don't write off the gulags, the Soviet pogroms, or any other outrage against common humanity, wherever, when ever, or for whatever, spurious, reason or justification was, or is, sought for it.
Many would argue, quite justifiably, that British, and specifically the English, were responsible for the Afro-Caribbean-American slave trade trade and one could not argue the point. But, at the same time, it can hardly be denied the it was the Royal Navy that largely brought and end to that trade across the Atlantic and elsewhere. But I wouldn't use the latter case to justify the former.
I envy the fact that you live in a world with out politics, I'd like to share that utopian vision with you. But even Thomas Moore wasn’t above torture when it served his political purpose. But, clearly, I think we can agree, we both live in a world with history and history cannot be divorced from politics.
The fact that you were in the "Demyansk pocket" when you wrote as you did rather proves my point. After all, you would't have been there were it not for political philosophies and ideologies that put you there. I'm sure you would have written differently if, when you wrote, you had happened to be with 1 US Inf Div at Flossenbürg, 2 US Inf Div at Leipzig-Schönefeld, 4 US & 42 Inf Divs at Dachau and so on.
If remarks offend you, then I apologise. If they gave you pause for thought then, maybe, they served some small purpose.