Saturday, December 08, 2012

Children as legitimate military targets (I am sure that Human Righs Watch would concur)

""The piece also quoted an unnamed marine corps official who questioned the "innocence" of Afghan children, particularly three who were killed in a US rocket strike in October." "The US is already facing criticism for using the term "military-aged male" to justify targeted killings where the identities of individuals are not known. Under the US definition, all fighting-age males killed in drone strikes are regarded as combatants and not civilians, unless there is explicit evidence to the contrary. This has the effect of significantly reducing the official tally of civilian deaths."" (thanks Amir)