Hello r cummings.... Everything you say is true... and on paper it looks legal and binding. In the real world... in the streets and alleys of Khan Yunis or Mogadishu things are not so clear-cut. You see, there are laws on the international books that address humanitarian war crimes and civil murder. But who will enforce those laws when the communities where these crimes originate from are lawless and the population, the religious fanatics actually propagate these crimes... on a weekly basis.. It's one thing when terrorists kill their own, but when they cross borders in suicide belts or fly planes into skyscrapers and then vanish into thin air. There's no one to prosecute... and how many were prosecuted. Again, I agree with the premise of your post. But the world has changed so much and I'm simply asking if theses laws are still relevant....or need to be revisited, that's all. Cheers...
Five civilians killed in north Sinai after militants shell house (AP)
from the article: Solana to Haaretz: New rules of war needed for age of terror