RockoTDF wrote:luketheduke wrote:Another interesting comment wrote:Not only is shooting at the van totally reprehensible and flat out evil but frankly as a soldier fighting an insurgency it's bad fucking business. If these guys were insurgents blowing them all up just destroyed important intel.
Shooting the van was probably a good strategy in the past when you can't capture someone. I don't see the van shooting as evil. Destroying important intel? The average insurgent on the ground probably doesn't know much. As a civilian you can disagree with the ethics of a situation, but with regard to a military decision (capture or kill) I don't think you have much ground to stand on.
You don't see shooting people who are trying to help an injured person as evil?
First Geneva Convention wrote:Article 12
Members of the armed forces and other persons mentioned in the following Article, who are wounded or sick, shall be respected and protected in all circumstances.
They shall be treated humanely and cared for by the Party to the conflict in whose power they may be, without any adverse distinction founded on sex, race, nationality, religion, political opinions, or any other similar criteria. Any attempts upon their lives, or violence to their persons, shall be strictly prohibited; in particular, they shall not be murdered or exterminated, subjected to torture or to biological experiments; they shall not willfully be left without medical assistance and care, nor shall conditions exposing them to contagion or infection be created.
Fixed establishments and mobile medical units of the Medical Service may in no circumstances be attacked, but shall at all times be respected and protected by the Parties to the conflict.
Transports of wounded and sick or of medical equipment shall be respected and protected in the same way as mobile medical units.
Sure, you can argue about whether the convention technically applies (the whole "unlawful combatant" deal), but the intent is quite obvious: if someone is transporting wounded or sick people, they are not a legitimate military target. Or are you going to argue that the van, whose occupants were clearly picking up the wounded man, was not a "transport of wounded"?