H: "So in War is it OK to shoot someone in the head if they`re facing you but it`s a war crime if they`re running away." If someone is holding a gun then you can shoot at them regardless of wether they are facing you or running away. If someone *was* holding a gun but is *now* unable (wounded) or unwilling (surrendering) to do so then you can not shoot at them. If someone *never* picks up a gun then you can not shoot them. Get it? The rules of war insist that all soldiers at all times attempt to draw a distinction between "combatants" (shoot!) and "protected persons" (hold your fire!). And "protected persons" are: civilians prisoners of war any soldier who is surrendering any soldier who is "hors de combat" Those rules of war do not care which way *those* dudes are facing and/or which direction they are running i.e. a protected person is a protected person is a protected person. You Can't Shoot **AT** Protected Persons.
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