Provide a substantive
analysis of the position Below. Please identify at least 1 strength and 1
weakness in this analysis and argument using at least 2 sources including the
bible. Any sources cited must have been published within the last five years.
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journal articles, and the Bible.
According to the laws of armed conflict, the bombing would have had to be done willfully and purposely to attack civilians as an “illegal attack.” When looking at the customs and laws surrounding protected persons and objects, the dominating principle is DISTINCTION.
The US military had reliable Intelligence that the Al-Amiriyah (al Firdos) shelter was thought to be camouflaged by the enemy and that there were detected military radio signals coming from the top. In addition, more than 3,000 surveillance missions were flown over Iraq, and civilians who nightly crowded the shelter were never detected. Hence, it was added to a list of US-led coalition targets. Therefore, the attack, however treacherous, can be considered a justified attack .
This was a controversial attack and received violent rhetoric from allies and adversaries. That 400 people could be killed in a “precision” airstrike aimed at a military target, which was full of civilians, illustrated to some that this is more than a tragedy of the “fog” of war.’ Several foreign governments responded to the bombing at Amiriyah with mourning, outrage, and calls for investigations. Jordon declared three days of mourning, and governing parties condemned the bombing as a “paroxysm of terror and barbarism” and a “hideous, bloody massacre,” respectively .
In 1991, the level of precision that now exists with bombing did not exist. No longer are such huge bombs usually used in civilian areas. These days, many airstrikes can be carried out by drones or warplanes using smaller munitions that are more accurate and rely on better intelligence. These may include “loitering munitions,” a kind of drone that is also a warhead. The lessons of 1991 have not all been learned, but sophisticated militaries have improved at avoiding mass civilian casualties . A lawsuit was dismissed in a Belgium Court on a technicality when seven families in Belgium filed suit against George H. W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Colin Powell, and Norman Schwarzkopf for committing war crimes because of this bombing .
Still talked about today, award-winning anti-war journalist John Pilger noted the interrogation that Jeremy Bowen received when he reported on the crime. “‘Are you absolutely certain it wasn’t a military bunker?” he was asked, or words to that effect. Without any trace of irony, the White House spokesperson Martin Fitzwater declared “Saddam Hussein does not share our sanctity for human life.’ Of course, it’s always a ‘mistake’ or ‘tragic accident’ when the US and its allies commit such terrible crimes, even when it most clearly isn’t. And we are always told we have to ‘move on very quickly from these ‘mistakes’ and ‘accidents’.
There have been over 100,000 civilians killed in Iraqi since 1991. Our enemy was known as “terrorism” and often presented as camouflaged suicide bombers of women and children. We must accept this horrific bombing was not intentional. Exodus 23:7 Have nothing to do with a false charge and do not put an innocent or honest person to death, for I will not acquit the guilty .