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    • r cummings
    • 16.09.09 | 18:36 (IDT)

    and the targets were not civilians, how do you explain 1,000 civilian casualties in such a short war? The plain fact is that the iDF is using conventional war-fighting methods suitable for an armoured enemy in the field, rather than counter-insurgency tactics suited to urban warfare against guerillas. If the army stands off and uses air strikes, artillery and missiles on civilian areas, that is a war crime because it is indiscriminate killing of civilians. That is the charge the IDF is facing. Other armies better trained in asymmetrical warfare use infantry tactics to clear buildings one by one, removing civvies to the rear. Yeah, it takes brave, disciplined soldiers to fight in built-up areas (FIBUA), but it's the only option and the most successful one against a guerilla force. The IDF and its political controllers have to learn this lesson and Goldstone has a part to play.

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