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  •  Uh... no, for obvious reasons I stated. (0+ / 0-)

    Just killing civilians by accident is not a war crime.

    •  Accidental on purpose (1+ / 0-)
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      Marie

      "Just killing" is an interesting locution.
      As in "I was just killing some civilians and then the phone rang......"
      It takes generations of continual warfare for modern Spartans to talk this way.

      •  Actually (0+ / 0-)

        it's the International Committee of the Red Cross that speaks that way. You really should read the Geneva Conventions and the authoritative commentary provided at http://www.icrc.org/... .

        •  The Conventions require.... (1+ / 0-)
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          that Parties damn well distinguish combatants and civilians. If you think drones do that you're smoking something powerful. If you think US conduct of war in the past half century has met the requirement  you've got some groovy alternate universe going there.
          When pattern of conduct establishes that it's no fucking accident but rather policy to sustain a high level of civilian casualties it's war crimes.
          ICRC has extremely limited capacity to prosecute or to initiate process leading to prosecution. That's politics. If you read the Conventions the intent is plain as day. The sort of imperial "accident" alluded to in comments above is not glossed over. Except by Dr. Pangloss.

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