# 2 Flashman - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Nick Ferriman
    • 02.03.07 | 18:21 (IST)

    Dear Flashman, The only point I can see to Israel having a modern professional army, is if it also scraps its present rules of engagement. These deliberately target unarmed civilians which is why the casualty figure for non-combatants is so high in the areas where the IDF operate. Modern professional soldiers are expected to uphold the values of their nation state. As Israel claims to be a modern secular democracy, its soldiers must abide by Article 3 of the International Declaration of Human Rights, which states that everyone has the right to life. Life must not be taken away arbitrarily by some half-trained cowboy popping off his Uzi because he is jittery, xenophobic, or racist. If, however, Israel has no intention of abiding by international standards of morality, or of upholding its other international treaty obligations, then they already have the perfect foil for dealing with the Palestinians and the Lebanese; half-trained 18-year-old zealots led by war criminals. There would be no need for change.

    from the article: Some serious thoughts on Syria
    First published 00:00 02.03.07 | Last updated 00:00 02.03.07
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