Insomnia (insomnia) wrote,
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US targets hospitals in Fallujah.

One razed to the ground... another captured, the workers told that they cannot bring in wounded from the combat, even if they're civilians.

That violates the Geneva Conventions, btw.

"The Occupying Power shall afford civilian medical personnel in occupied territories every assistance to enable them to perform, to the best of their ability, their humanitarian functions . . . Civilian medical personnel shall have access to any place where their services are essential"

Then again, that's nothing new when it comes to Fallujah.

From the link above, Part IV, Article 51:

4. Indiscriminate attacks are prohibited. Indiscriminate attacks are:
(a) Those which are not directed at a specific military objective;
(b) Those which employ a method or means of combat which cannot be directed at a specific military objective; or
(c) Those which employ a method or means of combat the effects of which cannot be limited as required by this Protocol; and consequently, in each such case, are of a nature to strike military objectives and civilians or civilian objects without distinction.

5. Among others, the following types of attacks are to be considered as indiscriminate:

(a) An attack by bombardment by any methods or means which treats as a single military objective a number of clearly separated and distinct military objectives located in a city, town, village or other area containing a similar concentration of civilians or civilian objects; and

(b) An attack which may be expected to cause incidental loss of civilian life, injury to civilians, damage to civilian objects, or a combination thereof, which would be excessive in relation to the concrete and direct military advantage anticipated.


The Geneva Conventions also say that we should "refrain from deciding to launch any attack which may be expected to cause incidental loss of civilian life, injury to civilians, damage to civilian objects, or a combination thereof, which would be excessive in relation to the concrete and direct military advantage anticipated".

According to the Army Times, only 50-100 foriegn fighters are in Fallujah. Other reports indicate that these foriegners have left. So, we should inflict grevious damage to a city of 300,000 to get them? Don't you think that would be excessive in relation to the advantage anticipated, especially if it could result in a widescale boycott of the upcoming election?

It's also not much of a coincidence, perhaps, that hospitals were targeted, considering that they were the primary source of news regarding civilian deaths in Fallujah. Besides, the western press has access to the main hospital, and stories and pictures of greviously wounded civilians make for bad press.

Die Iraqis, die. Die anonymously of your wounds for good PR, out of the sight of the media. The only body counts which matter are from the military, and the military doesn't do body counts, right?!
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