On June 23rd, 2015, the Human Rights Council of the United Nations issued a controversial report. The report was titled, “Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories.” In it are a summary of the findings by the UN that investigated whether war crimes took place in the recent Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
On page 180, the report concluded, “In relation to this latest round of violence, which resulted in an unprecedented number of casualties, the commission was able to gather substantial information pointing to serious violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law by Israel and by Palestinian armed groups. In some cases, these violations may amount to war crimes.”
And with that statement the UN put forth the notion that Israel, or any country for that matter even the U.S., could be guilty of war crimes even in cases of self-defense. Hamas has frequently released thousands of unguided missiles into Israel, and Hamas uses civilians as human shields when Israel responds in order to increase collateral damage and make Israel look cruel in the eyes of the international community.
Fear that the U.S. could also be accused of war crimes may be driving the new bombing tactics that the U.S. military and President Obama are using. Western Journalism has recently detailed the frustration that military pilots are experiencing while flying missions for Obama. As many as 75% of the sorties were called off because their request to drop ordinance was denied because of possible collateral damage. It has been reported that Obama has said that he “zero” civilian casualities in all sorties flown by U.S. pilots.
The Obama White House is giving ISIS a 45 minute warning before bombing their oil tankers by dropping leaflets… https://t.co/6tBSOSTfVf
— Barracuda Brigade (@BarracudaMama) November 23, 2015
So, in response to Mr. Obama’s demands, presumably in fear of being accused of war crimes, the military in Central Command is going to great lengths to prevent collateral damage. They’re now dropping Arabic leaflets, 45 minutes in advance of the targeting of ISIS oil tankers. The leaflets warn the supposedly innocent civilian truckers that their tanker has been targeted to be destroyed by coalition fighters. The leaflets read, “Get out of your trucks now, and run away from them. Warning: airstrikes are coming. Oil trucks will be destroyed. Get away from your oil trucks immediately. Do not risk your life.” The U.S. position is that these drivers of oil tankers are simply civilian workers who are not associated with ISIS and whose lives should be protected.
Furthermore, the pilots are even being asked to conduct low-altitude flybys to give the drivers a visual warning that their tankers are being targeted. Is appears that it may only be a…