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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Amnesty condemns IDF strikes

You just knew this was going to happen.

The 'human rights' organization, Amnesty International, has condemned Israel's bombing raids in Lebanon as 'collective punishment' according to a report from Al-AP. They also called for Hezbullah to treat the two kidnapped Israeli soldiers 'humanely,' although it did not call for their release since both Israel and Hezbullah Lebanon are signatories to the Geneva Convention. (Obviously, Hezbullah is not a state and is not a signtory to the Geneva Convention).

"Israel must put an immediate end to attacks against civilians and against civilian infrastructure in Lebanon, which constitute collective punishment," said Malcolm Smart of the London-based rights group. "Hizbullah must stop launching attacks against Israeli civilians and it must treat humanely the two Israeli soldiers it captured on 12 July and grant them immediate access to the International Committee of the Red Cross."

Allow me to remind you:
The oft-cited, seldom-read Geneva and Hague Conventions define legal combatants as those who visibly identify themselves by wearing uniforms or distinguishing insignia (the latter provision covers honorable partisans - but no badges or armbands, no protection). Those who wear civilian clothes to ambush soldiers or collect intelligence are assassins and spies - beyond the pale of law.
That describes Hezbullah perfectly. And what happens to the civilians among whom they hide?

The Geneva Convention says that the presence of "civilians shall not be used to render . . . areas immune from military operations. . . . in attempts to shield military objectives from attack." That means that Israel could flatten Southern Lebanon tomorrow morning and there would be no complaints under the Geneva Convention, because Hezbullah has hidden terrorists among the civilian population.

As to 'Amnesty,' they are beneath contempt.


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