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Re: OT: sponge burning!

On Wed, 28 Mar 2007 16:14:40 -0400 (EDT)
judd@wadsworth.org wrote:


>      Actually, the war itself is a "war of aggression", which is a 
> war crime.  Other actions which may be war crimes:
>     Torturing prisoners.
>     Using white phosphorus against combatants and civilians
>        (as opposed to its legal use for battlefield illumination).

Protocol III of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons [0]
clearly allows combat use of incendiary weapons against enemy forces
(i.e. to kill them, not just illuminate them), except in certain cases
involving civilians. It is also quite probable that such use isn't
banned by the agreements against chemical weapons; according to the
(London?) Times [1], the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical
Weapons agrees with the US administration that it isn't. C.f. Wikipedia
[2] and the references there.


[0] http://www.ccwtreaty.com/protocol3.html
[1] http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/iraq/article591095.ece

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