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    • r cummings
    • 02.10.09 | 15:31 (IST)

    about 'avoiding using force when Hamas are firing at you from schools and civilian centres.' Nobody is saying the IDF should not use force against Hamas. The issue is HOW you do so. Where insurgents embed themselves in civilian homes or urban areas, certain tactics are ruled out because they violate the rules of war, aka the Geneva Conventions. These include indiscriminate shelling of civilian areas, not permitting civilians safe passage, human shields, shooting civilians/people under white flags etc., etc. Israel's crime is that it did these things systematically as a deliberate policy of collective punishment of Gazan people - itself a humanitarian and war crime. In successful CI, infantry fight the hard battle house to house. Great care is taken never to fire on civilians and to provide safe escort for them, never to attack homes with indiscriminate firepower, aircraft strikes etc. The brave guys do the hard lifting. The IDF needs to learn to fight like real soldiers.

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