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  •  In WWII we bombed civilian targets just to hurt (0+ / 0-)

    enemy morale

    Hey, remember the firebombing of Dresden?

    It's an accepted fact that there will be some accidental civilian casualties and even some deliberately accepted civilian casualties in any war.  That's part of war.  That's how war works.

    We've got an enemy that uses civilians for shields and hides among them because they know we're so adverse to civilian casualties. It's our greatest weakness.  

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    by VelvetElvis on Mon Aug 09, 2010 at 07:29:18 PM PDT

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    •  The Geneva Conventions (12+ / 0-)

      comprise four treaties and three additional protocols that set the standards in international law for humanitarian treatment of the victims of war. The singular term Geneva Convention refers to the agreements of 1949, negotiated in the aftermath of World War II, ... with articles defining the basic rights of those captured during a military conflict, establishing protections for the wounded, and addressing protections for civilians in and around a war zone. The treaties of 1949 have been ratified, in whole or with reservations, by 194 countries.[1]
      " Protected persons are entitled, in all circumstances, to respect for their persons, their honour, their family rights, their religious convictions and practices, and their manners and customs. They shall at all times be humanely treated, and shall be protected especially against all acts of violence or threats thereof and against insults and public curiosity. Women shall be especially protected against any attack on their honour, in particular against rape, enforced prostitution, or any form of indecent assault. Without prejudice to the provisions relating to their state of health, age and sex, all protected persons shall be treated with the same consideration by the Party to the conflict in whose power they are, without any adverse distinction based, in particular, on race, religion or political opinion. However, the Parties to the conflict may take such measures of control and security in regard to protected persons as may be necessary as a result of the war.

      Satyagraha ~ there is no force in the world that is so direct or so swift in working.

      by under the bodhi tree on Mon Aug 09, 2010 at 07:36:58 PM PDT

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      •  Grave breaches (7+ / 0-)

        Not all violations of the treaty are treated equally. The most serious crimes are termed grave breaches, and provide a legal definition of a war crime. Grave breaches of the Third and Fourth Geneva Conventions include the following acts if committed against a person protected by the convention:

           * willful killing, torture or inhuman treatment, including biological experiments
           * willfully causing great suffering or serious injury to body or health
           * compelling one to serve in the forces of a hostile power
           * willfully depriving one of the right to a fair trial

        Also considered grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention are the following:

           * taking of hostages
           * extensive destruction and appropriation of property not justified by military necessity and carried out unlawfully and wantonly
           * unlawful deportation, transfer, or confinement.[10]

        Satyagraha ~ there is no force in the world that is so direct or so swift in working.

        by under the bodhi tree on Mon Aug 09, 2010 at 07:40:38 PM PDT

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    •  Which was why there were so many (10+ / 0-)

      munitions factories in Dresden, weren't there?

      We've got an enemy that uses civilians for shields and hides among them because they know we're so adverse to civilian casualties.

      This is by no means a new tactic.

      It's our greatest weakness.  

      On the contrary, it is one of our greatest strengths. Nazi soldiers used to drop arms and surrender because they knew that we would treat them well. That is no longer the case, apparently.

      I wonder why?

      "Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth." Oscar Wilde

      by nippersdad on Mon Aug 09, 2010 at 07:37:50 PM PDT

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