Even if invading a country that didn't threaten the United States were justified, the use of depleted uranium in weaponry is now and will continue to cause painful cancers. The use of napalm is equally inhumane. These behaviors are illegal by international standards. The United States is a signatory to the Geneva Convention of 1949 and should abide by its Humanitarian Law that forbids weapons using the following measure:
There are four rules derived from the whole of humanitarian law regarding weapons:
- Weapons may only be used in the legal field of battle, defined as legal military targets of the enemy in the war. Weapons may not have an adverse effect off the legal field of battle.
- (The "territorial" test).Weapons can only be used for the duration of an armed conflict. A weapon that is used or continues to act after the war is over violates this criterion. (The "temporal" test).
- Weapons may not be unduly inhumane. (The "humaneness" test). The Hague Conventions of 1899 and 1907 use the terms “unnecessary suffering” and ”superfluous injury” for this concept.
- Weapons may not have an unduly negative effect on the natural environment. (The "environmental" test).
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Please see Dennis Kucinich for further details.
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