U.N. Commissioner Louise Arbour said today about Hezbollah, Gazan forces, and Israel that:
Indiscriminate shelling of cities constitutes a foreseeable and unacceptable targeting of civilians. Similarly, the bombardment of sites with alleged military significance, but resulting invariably in the killing of innocent civilians, is unjustifiable. International humanitarian law is clear on the supreme obligation to protect civilians during hostilities. This obligation is also expressed in international criminal law, which defines war crimes and crimes against humanity. International law demands accountability. The scale of the killings in the region, and their predictability, could engage the personal criminal responsibility of those involved, particularly those in a position of command and control.
I am not in any way an expert in the laws of law. These folks are, but they haven’t blogged the story yet. Is the theory that the laws of war require laser guided bombing? And, in any event, did the region really need more asymmetric, empty, blundering threats? (Hezbollah and the Gazan militants are, in domestic parlance, judgment proof as against war crime tribunals).
[Update: Lynn's comment below suggests I ought to have been less glib and more clear. Isn't the commissioner's statement at least very premature, given that the fog of war is still blooming?]