Sunday, October 15, 2006

Today's Iggy questions

If dropping a stray bomb on the Lebanese town of Qana is a "war crime", what were the Blitz, Coventry, Rotterdam, Dresden, Berlin, Hamburg, Darmstadt, Essen, Manila, Tokyo, Osaka, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki? Were the Canadians in Bomber Command "war criminals"?
Is dropping a bomb on an apartment building more of a crime than hitting one with a rocket?
Hmmmm, just asking.
I just hope Iggy's "war crime" line was just an error in language, and not one in thought.


Anonymous said...

Opinions and values change with time. Nowadays, recklessness toward noncombatants to achieve military objectives is considered to be a war-crime. What would you call using 1,800 cluster bombs, containing over 1.2 million cluster bomblets in civilian areas? Or what about the use of white phosphorous shells?

I don't know if crimes were committed in Qana (besides Hezbollah firing rockets from there), but the IDF did commit war-crimes during the course of the war.

Ottawa Watch said...

I think targetting civilians is a war crime. I don't believe, though, that the IDF did target Lebanese civilians, though Hezbollah did use the locals in south Lebanon as shields. The Hezbollah has a policy of siting their missile launchers in urban areas and to fire those missiles indiscriminantly at Israeli civilian targets -- some of which were the same targets as those attacked by the Iraqis with Scud missiles, which really were nothing more than V2 rockets, and about as inaccurate.