Israeli soldiers on the northern border have been seen using a medieval catapult-like weapon to shoot flaming projectiles into Lebanon, igniting plantations to prevent Hezbollah fighters from infiltrating into the south.

Footage widely shared on social media shows the soldiers loading a trebuchet and flinging fireballs into Lebanese territory. “This is a local initiative and not a tool that is widely used,” the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said in a statement, denying that this is a widely adopted tactic by the forces.

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    1 month ago

    No, it was added to the Geneva convention in 1977

    So something is only evil once a pack of institutionalized racketeers writes a bunch of legalese about it?

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      Depends on whether you define a crime as a “legal” bad action or a “moral” bad action. While the latter may be problematic, because anyone can have different values, it is still widely considered a bad thing to kill people who did not do anything.

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        Depends on whether you define a crime as a “legal” bad action or a “moral” bad action.

        Is that all there is to it, though? The backlash against Israel since Oct 7 isn’t adequately explained by either… neither is the generalized silence on Israel’s behavior before Oct 7.

        I’m reminded here of Sun Tzu’s concept of “moral law” - which neither concerns itself with morality nor law, but rather the credibility of the actors in question.

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          I am by far not an expert on this matter, but my understanding is that if people started becoming vocal about that, it’s because most people did not really care or know about the situation until Oct 7, and were bathed in a swarm of news articles since then. It’s hard not to have an opinion on something you know nothing about when you hear about it daily.