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.

2 comments:

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.