Look...it's all based on military strategy, and Israel probably has the best strategic commanders around. As you can imagine, they are constantly challenged, and up to date.
I told you i studied Israel, and one thing they do effectively is, in order,
1a) strike early, strike hard before enemy gets setup (some call them 'pre-emp' strikes
1) tear up the opposition with an airstrike
2) make them fight on as many sides as possible, creating a box.
3) cut off re-supply lines
4) cut off retreat lines
5) systematically root out all insurgents sector by sector, then securing the sector.
6) gradually, very gradually, back out while leaving behind 'protectors' in the old war zones. They're not like SS, but they do check random credentials constantly, and within seconds of finding insurgent, a half of a dozen vehicles will converge to diffuse the situation.
7) and lastly, they DO prosecute their captives as 'terrorists' and not 'criminals'
What they are doing is NO war crime. Geez. ONLY if Israel refuses to medically treat their HOSTAGES only, would that be a war crime. They don't control the city- that's ludicrous, Jennifer, to even suggest that during conflict, they are responsible for getting aid to their enemies on the OTHER side of the lines.
Now that you bring it up, let's look at the list of what constitutes a war crime. The term is bandied about haphazardly, and I think it's time we review exactly what is involved in a War Crime:
War crimes are defined in the statute that established the International Criminal Court, which includes:
Grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions, such as:
Willful killing, or causing great suffering or serious injury to body or health
Torture or inhumane treatment
Unlawful wanton destruction or appropriation of property
Forcing a prisoner of war to serve in the forces of a hostile power
Depriving a prisoner of war of a fair trial
Unlawful deportation, confinement or transfer
The following acts as part of an international conflict:
Directing attacks against civilians
Directing attacks against humanitarian workers or UN peacekeepers
Killing a surrendered combatant
Misusing a flag of truce
Settlement of occupied territory
Deportation of inhabitants of occupied territory
Using poison weapons
Using civilians as shields
Using child soldiers
[This message has been edited by threadbear (01-10-2009 04:47 PM).]