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September 27, 2002

Bigger Bombs.

So Israel did not kill Mohammed Def - Chief Hamas bomb maker (read murderer) and Israel's most wanted man. The Kofi Annan Variety Show condemned Israel for taking military action in civilian areas with the UN calling on Israel to "conduct itself in a manner that is fully consistent with international humanitarian law". Implying that Israel does not do so.

Def lived to murder again. I think there is a good chance, in light of the Shehadi affair, that Israel did not attack the car with all the fire power it could in order to avoid collateral damage. It will be interesting if Def does kill again because we will see a cruel calculus of calculating Jews killed as a result of avoiding Palestinian deaths. I wonder if the Israel's will debate, if such a tragic case arises, whether or not they should be more willing to inflict collateral damage on their pals in order to stop the pals murderous attacks.

Note to Kofi Annan. It is a valuation of international humanitarian law ("IHM") to put military targets (Def) in civilian areas. It IS NOT A VIOLATION OF INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW TO ATTACK A MILITARY TARGET IN A CIVILIAN AREA. If the benefit outweighs the harm such an attack is permitted. At least it is permitted by the the IHM that applies to all countries except Israel which is held to a higher standard.

Protocol 1 to the Geneva Convention, Part IV: Civilian Population Chapter IV: Precautionary Measures
Article 57: Precautions in Attack
1. In the conduct of military operations, constant care shall be taken to spare the civilian population, civilians and civilian objects.
2. With respect to attacks, the following precautions shall be taken:
those who plan or decide upon an attack shall:
. . .
c. refrain from deciding to launch any attack which may be expected to cause incidental loss of civilian life, injury to civilians, damage to civilian objects, or a combination thereof, which would be excessive in relation to the concrete and direct military advantage anticipated;