Saturday, March 22, 2003

Nation at War: I thought we were the good guys

If this fight is about illegal weapons, may I suggest this reading: [UPDATE 3/24: Link removed, story has changed.]

Marine Cobra helicopter gunships firing Hellfire missiles swept in low from the south. Then the marine howitzers, with a range of 30 kilometres, opened a sustained barrage over the next eight hours. They were supported by US Navy aircraft which dropped 40,000 pounds of explosives and napalm, a US officer told the Herald.

A legal expert at the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva said the use of napalm or fuel air bombs was not illegal "per se" because the US was not a signatory to the 1980 weapons convention which prohibits and restricts certain weapons. "But the US has to apply the basic principles of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and take all precautions to protect civilians. In the case of napalm and fuel air bombs, these are special precautions because these are area weapons, not specific weapons," said Dominique Loye, the committee's adviser on weapons and IHL.

With the way the Iraq army is folding, all they had to do is get David Bloom out there on a donkey and they would surrender to him. Why do we see a need to cover them in fire?

I now officially retract my statement where I commended the armed forces in how they were fighting this war.

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