- May 8, 2017
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- New York City area
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- Very Liberal
Ain't it funny. When Israel is attacked by suicide bombers, stabbers, and the like, when Israel's discos and pizza parlors are attacked, the U.S. urges "restraint" and "proportionality." The International Committee of the Red Cross has this definition of "proportionality" (link):
Meanwhile, back in Ukraine's Donbas region, Russia rains missiles on Ukraine as the war enters a new phase. Excerpt:Practice Relating to Rule 14. Proportionality in Attack
Section A. General
III. Military Manuals
With reference to Israel’s Law of War Booklet (1997), the Report on the Practice of Israel states: “The IDF [Israel Defense Forces] would not attack a target in cases in which it is expected that the attack would cause civilian loss, injury or damage excessive in relation to the military advantage anticipated.”
Israel’s Manual on the Laws of War (1998) states:
Even when it is not possible to isolate the civilians from an assault and there is no other recourse but to attack, this does not constitute a green light to inflict unbridled harm on civilians. The commander is required to refrain from an attack that is expected to inflict harm on the civilian population that is disproportionate to the expected military gain.
Israel’s Manual on the Rules of Warfare (2006) states:
In any attack, it is a duty to ensure that:
- That the military gain expected from the attack is proportional to the expected damage that would be caused to civilians as a result of the offensive.
The manual further states: “Proportionality must be maintained: an act must not be performed if the damage to civilians/the environment exceeds the concomitant military benefit.”
The Manual on the Rules of Warfare (2006) is a second edition of the Manual on the Laws of War (1998).
Why must the West talk about "proportionality" and Biden babble about "off-ramps" while for Russia, it's "bombs away." Heck, even zoo workers are legitimate targets.Russia on Tuesday declared the start of a new phase of its assault on Ukraine aimed at capturing all of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions in the east, as the Defense Ministry announced a sharp escalation of missile and artillery strikes overnight.