Democracies at War against Terrorism: A Comparative by S. Cohen

By S. Cohen

This publication offers with the trouble democracies face in accomplishing uneven war in hugely populated parts with no violating foreign humanitarian legislations. On quite a few events, democratic international locations were singled out via human rights NGOs for the brutality in their modus operandi, for his or her insufficient cognizance to the security of civilian populations, or for acts of abuse or torture on prisoners. Why do they perpetrate those violations? Do they achieve this deliberately or by accident? Can democracies wrestle abnormal armed teams with no violating international law? whilst their inhabitants is less than threat, do they behave as non-democracies might? Does this kind of conflict necessarily produce conflict crimes on a roughly great scale?

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Pierre Kohler. “La guerre chimique,” Historia Spécial: Vietnam, 1964–1975 (September– October 1991): 78. 38 François Cochet 58. Seventy-five percent of the missiles fired during the second Gulf War were guided as compared to 20 percent in 1991. 59. As Ameur Zemmali has shown, fundamental chronological differences have to be taken into account. Islamic law, taken as a whole, dates from the seventh century; international humanitarian law from the nineteenth century. See Ameur Zemmali. Combattants et prisonniers de guerre en droit islamique et en droit international humanitaire.

1914: Les atrocités allemandes. Original English ed. 2001. Paris: Tallandier, 2005. See in particular: 166–167. 16. In addition, 13,250 British soldiers died of disease. ). The South African War. Harlow, UK: Longman, 1980. 17. These figures are taken from Peter Warwick. “La guerre des Boers,” L’Histoire 79 ( June 1985). 26–33. 18. Yet the Russo-Japanese War is of utmost importance. The combination of trenches and machine guns already dominated land warfare as would be the case in 1914–1918. The treatment of Russian prisoners of war by the Japanese was already the subject of bitter dispute, even though the latter treated them decently, especially in terms of food rations.

The first multilateral text intended to protect noncombatants was, of course, the Geneva Convention of August 22, 1864 on the “the amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and Sick in Armed Forces in the Field” intended to protect the wounded from further combat injuries. Without doubt it came as a direct result of observing how war was being waged in the second half of the nineteenth century. During the Italian campaign, and during the American Civil War, armies in the field had hardly any medical corps to speak of.

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