How much cynical and ruthless use of international law can really prevent? The new book The international law of war of Universitetsforlaget by Cecilie Hellestveit and Gro Nystuen at least try to answer it.
Yes, what can't people come up with when it comes to hitting others: Biological weapons have been there for a long time. Now, it wasn't exactly the land plagues God sent over the people of Egypt this. But in the Middle Ages, people who died of the plague were thrown via catapults into besieged cities to infect the population. And during World War II, Japan used bioweapons against Chinese villages - 10 were killed in Changde in 000, for example The international law of war. But as with poison weapons, it's not always easy to civilize and fight, or separate friend and foe. For 1700 Japanese soldiers battled at the same time - possibly because the wind was blowing. In the case of the besieged Stalingrad the following year, nearly 100 German soldiers died from infections outside the city. According to the book, which refers to former Soviet bio-weapon researchers, this was a result of bio-weapons.
The cynical fantasy behind the use of chemical and biological weapons is ruthless: For example, the United States used fire bombs as napalm against warring and civilian populations in Vietnam. And to further break down the land one sprayed agent Orange from airplanes to destroy the vegetation where the Vietnamese hid - the damage persisted for several decades thereafter. And what about weather modification, where the US with chemicals provided constant rain over the enemy? In our time, the FARC guerrilla has used so-called dirty bombs, full of infectious typhoid-infected diarrhea. And in our century, such forms of swarming, used in both Afghanistan, Iraq (against the Kurds) and Gaza ("white phosphorus" bombs, Cast Lead, 2008–09), continue - leading to a slow death and major prolonged burns.
But the evil and cynicism behind such "warfare" has met with strong opposition, and international law's prohibition and international "customs" have been established. Most of the aforementioned…
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