Thursday, January 05, 2017
And Rightly So -
Water service to the 5.5 million residents of Damascus, Syria has been disrupted causing the UN to warn, quite correctly, that targeting water sources constitutes a war crime. UN observers aren't sure yet whether to blame the Syrian government bombarding the area or rebel sabotage. Whoever is to blame, it's a war crime.
However when other nations do it, especially our ally, Israel, it doesn't seem to be treated as a war crime. Google Dahiyah or Dahiyah Doctrine and you'll see what I mean.
It's a tactic of deliberately targeting civilian populations first developed in the Beirut suburb of Dahiyah and subsequently introduced in Israeli campaigns against Palestinian civilians in Gaza.
The assault opens with two or three days of air strikes targeting essential infrastructure - electricity, water and sewage utilities. Once those essential resources are destroyed, the attacks proceed to schools and hospitals, police and government offices before, finally, reverting to residential neighbourhoods.
As for Canada, well Ottawa just looks the other way.