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The rules of war must also change

Reader comment on item: Op Eds Now More Central in War than Bullets

Submitted by Salomon Benzimra (Canada), Oct 22, 2006 at 01:32

Daniel Pipes is, once more, spot on.

The one thing I would add is that, together with the shift of war from armies to media, the rules of war must also change.

Just imagine how quickly terrorists (in Gaza, Iraq and Afghanistan) would have vanished if an ultimatum had been served telling them that Protocol I of the Geneva Conventions is no longer valid and a terror attack will be answered forcefully againts the terrorists (of course) but without excessive precautions about the "civilians" that shelter and support them.

But the way it is now, all "international law" (customary or not!), all "human rights" organizations are, perhaps unwittingly, perpetuating the war on terror by strengthening the terrorists, allowing them to appear as "victims" and condemning those who fight them.


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