That keep an imperial power from being "loved" by the nations it occupies.
I'm sure these soldiers are doing what is necessary and what is instructed for them to do.
But contemplate what all these things add up to to the occupied population.
It isn't pretty -- and it summarizes, with all the other things we see and which are rarely, if ever, reported on in that country that we don't know. The kind of things the Kagans of this world never contemplate during their think-tank supported bloviating.
(found at Sully's blog)