Statesboro, GA, USA
But not if committed against those outside your own group. I don't think Moses
and those that followed had much
of a problem with that.
Believe it or not, the Hebrew approach to justice (an eye for an eye) and warfare represented a mitigation and tempering of the typical brutality of the Ancient Near East. It was a bright spot among dark historical surroundings, though by pacifist standards still quite dim. You've got a point though ... that brutality and significant limits upon mercy were still present.
A question you might go on to ask, is whether there is a universal presence of the same moral principle, only varying in how far to carry it? One says "love your kinsman and friends", another "love your countrymen", and another "love even your enemies". Same obligation with varying degrees of application.
Would that indicate true moral relativity, or only varying degrees of moral progress?