May 16, 2022

War Crime For Some, Not For Others

Israeli Phosphorus Shelling
Israeli use of white phosphorus in air-burst over Biet Lahiya U.N. school in Gaza on January 17, 2009. CC BY-SA 3.0 HRW

Reports that the Islamic State (ISIS) used chemical weapons against Kurdish forces in the Iraqi town of Makhmur, has led the U.N. Security Council to set up a chemical weapons probe to identify individuals, groups, or governments, involved in the use of chemicals as weapons. On August 28, 2015, the U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at discovering those responsible for the continued chemical attacks over the past two years in Syria and Iraq.
Chemical weapons are considered weapons of mass destruction, non discriminatory in their choice of victims and released in the general vicinity of the target. They can consist of rudimentary weapons created from chlorine to sophisticated ones of nerve agents.
During any conflict, the ultimate goal is to win, and an opponent could resort to any weapon available in order to prevail, even chemical, be that ISIS in Makhmur, the Taliban in Afghanistan, Russia in Chechnya, the U.S. in Fallujah or Israel in Gaza.
The key to using chemicals as weapons and not being prosecuted for war crimes, is to be a member of the U.N. Security Council or to be protected by a member. All of the investigating in the world won’t change the fact that civilians have died a hideous death at the hands of an attacker who claims that such weapons are not really weapons. The purchaser as well as the vendor should be held equally responsible for the use of these weapons. You don’t buy a hammer unless you intend to do some nailing.


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