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Sun Oct 14, 2012, 09:54 AM

 

Rights group says Syria using cluster bombs

Source: Al Jazeera

October 14, 2012

Syrian government forces have dropped Russian-made cluster bombs over civilian areas in the past week as they battle to reverse rebel gains on a strategic highway, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said.

The bombs were dropped from planes and helicopters, with many of the strikes taking place near the main north-south highway running through the northwestern town of Maarat al-Numan, HRW said in a report released on Sunday.

Rebels seized Maarat al-Numan from President Bashar al-Assad's troops last week, cutting the route from the capital Damascus to Aleppo, Syria's biggest city. Government forces have been trying to retake the area since then.

Cluster munitions can drop hundreds of bomblets on a wide area as an anti-personnel weapon, designed to kill as many people as possible. Human rights groups say their use in civilian-populated areas can be a war crime.

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UnrepentantLiberal Oct 2012 OP
pscot Oct 2012 #1
UnrepentantLiberal Oct 2012 #2
Warren Stupidity Oct 2012 #4
oberliner Oct 2012 #11
Arctic Dave Oct 2012 #3
ButterflyBlood Oct 2012 #8
Igel Oct 2012 #10
daleo Oct 2012 #13
leveymg Oct 2012 #5
bloomington-lib Oct 2012 #6
UnrepentantLiberal Oct 2012 #7
fingrinn Oct 2012 #9
UnrepentantLiberal Oct 2012 #12
Javaman Oct 2012 #14

Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 10:10 AM

1. Was it a war crime when

Israel used cluster munitions in Lebanon?

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Response to pscot (Reply #1)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 10:18 AM

2. Do two wrongs make a right?

 

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Reply #2)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 11:10 AM

4. No but there is a double standard. The hypocrisy stinks.

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Response to Warren Stupidity (Reply #4)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 02:50 PM

11. The same organization (HRW) also put out a report on Israel using them

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Response to pscot (Reply #1)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 10:34 AM

3. Or the US in Iraq.

 

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Response to pscot (Reply #1)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 01:50 PM

8. Yes it was

and both Syria and Israel deserve condemnation for that.

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Response to pscot (Reply #1)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 02:36 PM

10. Could be.

Doesn't have to be. It requires case-by-case nuance with due consideration given to intent and context.

It depends on density of civilian population vs. military population (try dividing those two groups in an insurgency!) and on strategic value. In other words, pretty much like everything else dealing with military efforts.

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Response to Igel (Reply #10)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 05:37 PM

13. I think it depends on whether the country is a western ally or member of NATO

Though that would never be admitted.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 11:41 AM

5. A highway is not exactly a densely-populated civilian area. HRW has a visible bias in Syria.

The US has dropped all kinds of anti-personnel munitions on troop columns in its illegal occupation of Iraq and the interventions in Kosovo and Libya, without being accused of war crimes.

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Response to bloomington-lib (Reply #6)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 01:48 PM

7. It's no big deal.

 

Everybody does it.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 02:32 PM

9. And yet

 

Surprisingly enough they are silent when depleted uranium is dropped on Iraq causing massive birth defects on Iraqi children as well as American. Go figure.

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Response to fingrinn (Reply #9)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 05:05 PM

12. Like the far right, the far left pull stuff out of their arse

 

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Response to fingrinn (Reply #9)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 10:57 AM

14. I agree...

but if I recall, DU was used as part of a munition in tank rounds. Not in "dropped bombs".

I could be wrong.

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