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Sri Lanka and the Law of War

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By Nana Ampofo

I won't pretend to be knowledgeable about this extended South Asian conflict but you can't go wrong reading "Wronging Rights" in most things, but international law especially. Last thursday's post makes the profound point, applicable to recent conflicts fought elsewhere in the world that "if a state cannot achieve its military goals without going beyond a certain acceptable level of civilian casualties, then it should not be allowed to try." Apparently this is enshrined in the Geneva conventions. The argument that follows is whether the Sri Lankan army should cease uttlerly its offensive against the Tamil Tigers or more simply moderate its tactics. Gaza, Falluja parallels are obvious