Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Nuke 'em from orbit

http://www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,11412539^401,00.html

It is prohibited to kill or wound an enemy who is surrendering or who is hors de combat.

...is the rule from the geneva convention.

I think this Marine was justified in doing whatever

he did. If he had not shot this insurgent, and the

insurgent activated his suicide belt or a hand grenade

killing everyone including the reporter, there would be

stories complaining about how the marines don't protect

imbeds. If the guy hasn't actively surrendered, he's a

combatant until he's dead or obviously hors de combat.

( 'out of the fight'; disabled)

In the age of chivalry, hors de combat meant that you couldn't

handle a sword or mount your horse. In an age where all you

need to do is press a button to set off an explosive charge, when

are you out of the fight?

If I were president Bush I'd give him a presidential pardon. Of course,

if I were president, Fallujah would be a molten glass filled crater, so maybe

I'm not the best person to ask.

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