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    • r cummings
    • 26.10.09 | 18:38 (IST)

    acknowledge that fighting an asymmetrical war against 'a totalitarian terror group' presents unique challenges to armies 'attempting to observe' the rules of war. So says Cipora anyway. The trouble with that Cipora is that Goldstone wasn't there to debate tactics or act as military adviser. His remit was to look into allegations of possible war crimes. The legal rules of warfare are clear to all involved and conveniently set out in the 4th Geneva Convention. It is no excuse to say we ignored them because that gave us an easier task and was politically more advantageous back home. Courts tend to be notoriously unsympathetic to those who break laws because it suits them. Israel is not the first country to have to fight in an urban area where there is a premium on avoiding civilian casualties, Cipora. The world is not going to trash the rulebook just because Israel can't hack the military task of doing things the right way and decides to use indiscriminate force instead.

    from the article: Investigating the IDF would be the real war crime
    First published 01:00 26.10.09 | Last updated 09:45 26.10.09
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