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    • John
    • 10.03.10 | 23:02 (IST)

    I am an officer. As a soldier, waging a wide scale combat operation such as the Gaza war and only losing 13 men is only possible when risks are minimised at the expense of civilians in the area of military operations. This is what I cannot accept as a soldier. I have decided to put my life at risk; my men have decided to put their lives at risk; the civilians have not. As a result, I always try to convince my men that a civilian life must be protected at any cost during an operation, even when that implies increasing the risks to our troops. If they don't agree, no one forces them to serve, once the contract is over they may walk away. This is clear in war theaters where European and US have deployed troops. Americans consider their soldiers lives much more important than Europeans and have lighter rules of engagement which endangers civilians. I consider my duty to fight against this approach to modern war and Europe should do the same.

    from the article: European Parliament endorses Goldstone Gaza report
    First published 16:54 10.03.10 | Last updated 22:12 10.03.10
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