posted on Jul, 16 2012 @ 11:37 AM
Okay apparently vessel ignored warnings and was a small boat. Does it change much, well possibly.
Does make you wonder how they warn the vessel in question. Its a small vessel, manned by indigenous population.
Does the military communicate in their language.
Maybe not an act of direct provocation but still a heinous act. As for all those that are commenting on it may have got too close etc, remember there
is no state of war declared so that does not give the US navy carte blanch to shoot people who get close to their boats.
What happens if they were in need of assistance, having radio problems.
Logic dictates that actions should be in proportion to the scale of the threat. No one has yet demonstrated any form of violence to the US Navy in
this theatre during the current crisis. You cannot just shoot people because they might be a threat. You would have to kill everyone.
In a theatre of war, yes they should be blown out of the water if they ignore warnings. In this situation definitely not.
As for the rules of engagement:
Under the Rules of Engagement and the Geneva Convention, unless a person is positively identified as being a combatant, they should be considered a
civilian and treated accordingly.
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