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    • Cipora Julianna Kohn
    • 27.08.06 | 08:26 (IDT)

    Only those orders that are clearly illegal, and would lead to serious war crimes, can be questioned. Otherwise, the civilian leadership is solely responsible for setting policy, including the decision to go to war. If every general could decide for himself whether to obey or not, there would be no armed forces. All of this is codified in military codes. What the Nazi generals did were serious war crimes since they exterminated entire classes of people, in this case, whoever was perceived to be a communist. Regarding war of aggression, there is simply not enough legal precedent on the matter, but I seriously doubt that a war against Iran would be considered as such. Iran has already breached the peace in Lebanon, and its open threat to wipe Israel off the map would constitute part of the reasons, among others, to justify such a war legally. Do not think that everything starts and finishes in Nazi Germany.

    from the article: Will Bush make Iran the only superpower?
    First published 00:00 25.08.06 | Last updated 00:00 25.08.06
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