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"That's not nice, boys - so please stop shooting rockets."

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Submitted by Paul M. (United States), Jul 11, 2014 at 22:26

That's about the power of the words from the mighty-mouse U.N. leadership. In reality, it's been that kind of open weakness and pathetic disregard for the UN's Charter that has caused much of the violence between Palestinians, Egyptians, and Hezbollah, all aimed at Israel, and going back to 1967. That was when their "peacekeepers" left the Sinai so Egypt could start their war.

Today, the UN ignores the majority of war crimes it observes, including targeting civilian populations

Article 1, paragraph 1, of the UN Charter has become meaningless to the UN: "To maintain international peace and security, and to that end: to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression. . ." The "first use of armed force" constitutes a prima facie act of aggression.

Any doctor who witnesses an injury somewhere and ignores it can lose their license. An off-duty policeman is required to act to prevent a crime. The UN continually ignores major war crimes and are not held to account.

The Hague Convention of 1907 made clear over a hundred years ago that any attack against civilian population centers was a war crime. Updated in 1938, it included bombardment for the purpose of terrorizing civilians, a war crime. The Geneva Protocols of 1977, state basic rule of protecting civilian populations and aiming only at military objectives.

Exceptions are when civilians voluntarily take part in hostilities, as by knowingly becoming human shields of military targets, or when combatants intentionally use civilian centers, homes, hospitals, for combat, or when combatants commit perfidy by hiding and blending in among civilians. Civilian casualties in such cases are considered "collateral damage."

Using human shields is a war crime, about which the UN says nothing. It said nothing during Hezbollah's war with Israel in 2006, where they fired their missiles from the rooftops of apartment buildings, and it's equally mute now about Hamas using them.

The Genocide Resolution of 1948 could considers certain actions a form of genocide:
* Any act committed with the intent to destroy a national, ethnic, racial or religious group;
* Conspiracy to commit genocide, with the aid of other states;
* Public incitement to commit genocide;

Convention Against Taking of Hostages, 1979, likewise ignored by the UN, outlaws kidnapping or taking hostages to compel a State to do any act, including releasing prisoners.

It is a war crime to recruit children into the armed forces or to otherwise use them in hostilities. Yet the UN has ignored Hamas summer camps which train children between age 6 to 16 for combat against Israel.

It's impossible to take anything the UN or its current leadership says seriously, especially when they so indirectly and mildly blame the aggressor.

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