Brother let's get down to basics first, the bare bones. Let's leave Islam, the Prophet Muhammad, history everything on the back burner for a second, i want to start with the bare bones.I am not looking at this through the poisoned prism of western ideal. I do no like western 'morality' as you say.
I don't know if you have studied philosophy, but what is morality? What is right and wrong? Before we discuss anything you have to tell me what is right and wrong.
IF taking women and children as captives is wrong, how is it wrong? PURELY BASED ON MORALITY, WHO SAID? The point is you are troubled by what the Muslims did 1400 years ago, but do you even know what is right and wrong? Who judges what is right and wrong?
For the Aztec's "sacrificing" human beings (with feelings and who felt pain, had families) for their gods was perfectly morally right .
For the Mongols ransacking and committing genocide on Baghdad and the Muslims was morally right .
For the European Imperialists invading and taking over the lands of the Americas was morally right
For Hitler and Nazi Germany killing the Jews and other minorities and believing in Aryan race supremacy was morally right
For Winston Churchill calling Palestinian dogs and the indigenous Australian people as an inferior race to the Imperialists was morally right .
For the Israelis killing Palestinans and "defending" against Hamas is morally right.
For NATO destroying and killing the Iraqis, the Afghans, the Libyans and the Pakistanis is morally right .
I don't need to go on with examples, what is morality right and wrong?
In the West walking around in a bikini top and a skirt is morally right and fine to do, in places like India walking around in a T-shirt and jeans is morally right and fine to do, in Muslim countries walking around with hijab is morally right and the other two are not.
Are you going to tell me what is "morality right"?
Brother garet122, trust me it is a big old world out there and morals are subjective to that place and culture. If you live in the west your morality is based on the current culture of where you live, while people living in tribes base their morality on their tribal culture. Can you go there and judge them on who is right and wrong based on your very narrow western morality? Let's use logic first, the bare bones.
Can you go to the tribes in Africa who practice "becoming a man" rituals by getting a young boy to get bitten by many bullet ants (extremely painful bite, research it) to become a full man? Are they "wrong"? Based on what? Your idea of morality?
Can you go to Niger and tell the people there that female circumcision is "wrong", they cut the whole genital of the poor women leaving just holes for the man. They have done this for many many years, you want to go there and take a crack at telling them it is "wrong"? Based on your morality?
This could go on for hours, first ground your morality, tell me what si right and wrong.
Now coming on to the issue of Muslims and captives.
Some people think taken enemy soldiers is "wrong", but you're ok with it! Wow, how horrible are you? See how easy it is, to get in to the trap? You are sitting in your comfortable chair behind a computer screen, everything is OK with you (as far as I know), how can you imply anything wrong based on your morality?If he had taken the enemy soldiers as slaves, it will be 100% ok. But why innocent children and women????
You cannot say anything is wrong with a subjective paradigm of morality. You need an objective paradigm of morality to do that.
To conclude, you seem like an intelligent person and I am glad you discuss this, at least you do except ignorantly insulting, so well done for that. Once you have understood morality then we can go on and talk about the Islamic stance of all this.
I hope I have helped.