The ghost of Jack Kevorkian for President's Physician: 2016
The idea of applying normal, civilian standards of care to military operations is simply staggering in its asininity.
But it IS symptomatic of the toxic levels of silliness and self-loathing Western civilization is displaying along the curve of its death spiral. I am glad I will not be around to witness the savage world in which the people 100 years from now are going to have to live. My only question is how bad it's going to get while I'm still here.
2001-2008: Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.
2009-2016: Dissent is the highest form of racism.
2017-? (Probably): Dissent is the highest form of misogyny.
Soldiers are under certain rules of engagement concerning civilians which are determined by their own leadership and sometimes in conjunction with the host country.
The Geneva convention has no place in this discussion. It is dealing specifically with intentional killing of civilians out of combat. This does not cover accidental deaths or other collateral casualties. If a nations rules of engagement (ROE) allows for it, they could bomb a packed kindergarden schoolhouse to get to an enemy using the kids as human shields.
However, countries like the United States and many European countries have strict ROE's dealing with civilians. After action reports are done after each fight and if a civilian gets himself shot it will be added to the report and investigated. Reprimands and charges will follow if there was severe negligence and a breaking of the ROE's. One of the biggest reasons why insurgents have moved their operations completely within cities is due to them knowing all about Western nation ROE's.
Blackwater recently got into some serious trouble over this. Despite being in a dense civilian area they fired indiscriminately at everyone and employed class III destructive devices (grenade launchers) in the area which have specific restrictions on their use according to the contract Blackwater made with Iraqi leaders to let them use the launchers. Take in mind though that Private Military Contractors (PMC) have much stricter ROE's than the military.
Freedom is... never more than one generation away from extinction. Every generation has to learn how to protect and defend it, or itís gone and gone for a long, long time- Ronald Reagan
People must understand these things.
War is, in itself, a crime.
Civilians , in a wrong place, suffer the most during war, even more that the soldiers.
For the Jewish people, the wrong place was 99.99% of Europe..
Generally, it has always been this way for thousands of years..
Do not have war and the civilians will be safer - for a time....
Its the Iraqi people, all of them, to the last man and woman, who will have to fight and stop the criminal/insurgents, and there will be huge amount of causalities.. .at first.
Thus, war is a function of human nature, exercised on a societal scale.
They do now. It wasnt always that way.Civilians , in a wrong place, suffer the most during war, even more that the soldiers.
But, that civilians might suffer, is not an argument against war.