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Protocol I is a 1977 amendment protocol to the Geneva Conventions relating to the protection of victims of international armed conflicts. It reaffirms the international laws of the original Geneva Conventions of 1949, but adds clarifications and new provisions to accommodate developments in modern international warfare that have taken place since the Second World War.
As of 8 June 2007, it had been ratified by 168 countries, with the United States, Israel, Iran, Pakistan, Turkey, and Iraq being notable exceptions. However, the United States, Iran, and Pakistan signed it on 12 December 1977 with the intention of ratifying it. According to an appeal by the International Committee of the Red Cross in 1997, a number of the articles contained in both protocols are recognized as rules of customary international law valid for all states, whether or not they have ratified them.
Article 35 bans weapons that "cause superfluous injury or unnecessary suffering," as well as means of warfare that "cause widespread, long-term, and severe damage to the natural environment."
The truth is, most of our troops can't shoot for ****.
Originally posted by seagull
That's more because of an emphasis on quantity of firepower rather than quality. The which you know far better than I. All the former military in my family, which dates from wwII to present day, all say the same, one round on target is better by far than a thousand that hit nothing, or the wrong target.