Geneva Conventions must keep pace with weaponry Bernard Hibbitts at 11:01 PM ET
[JURIST] An editorial in the Glasgow Herald suggests that as the technology of war changes, the Geneva Conventions and the law of war need to keep up:
Once the conflict is over, America, and Britain, should assemble an international conference to frame a fifth Geneva Convention that reflects the realities and sensibilities of the 21st century. Questions need to be asked about the way in which weaponry is developing. Is it right or reasonable, for example, to leave civilians unharmed but destroy the infrastructure that gives them clean water? Should states be held to account for any illnesses sustained as a result of the weapons deployed, even if the harm takes many years to surface? We cannot outlaw war, more is the tragedy, yet we can further lessen its evil.
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