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View Diary: Hamas proves once again that Palestinian lives are expendable (125 comments)

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  •  Unfortunately for you and Israel, (2+ / 0-)
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    Tonedevil, PrahaPartizan

    International Law DOES feel that responses must be proportionate.

    •  Note that the "proportionate rule" only applies to (1+ / 0-)
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      targeting military that may result in civilian casualties.

      Essentially, the rule only state that you cannot cause a disproportionate amount of civilian casualties while trying to achieve some sort of military advantage.

      It doesn't stop a nation from wiping out another country's military installation in a war.

      In Israel case, however, one can argue that whatever additional military advantage they could gain is unlikely to be "proportionate" to the amount of civilian casualty they inflict. For no other reason that balance of force is so lopsided that any additional military advantage is probably very marginal (instead of you being able to effectively stop 99% of the rockets, you can now stop 99.1% of the rocket).

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