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Effects-Based Operations And Controversial Military Objectives

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This chapter considers whether effects-based operation (EBO) is consistent with international humanitarian law (IHL). As they are classic EBO target sets, the chapter discusses the lawfulness of targeting certain targets of contemporary interest (television and radio broadcasting stations, electrical power generation stations, economic targets, and a governments power base). The chapter considers some of the various rationales for attacking television and radio broadcasting stations in previous conflicts and the resulting learned articles and commentaries. Attacks on electrical power generation stations raise similar issues, in that at one end the rationale appears perfectly lawful (where the generating station directly supports military operations, while at the other end it is quite debatable (as a way of influencing civilian morale). The chapter focuses on how legally to categorise an attack where both rationales are present concurrently. It also deals with the rationale behind attacking targets, which provide economic support to the war effort.

Keywords: economic targets; effects-based operation (EBO); electrical power stations; government power base; military operations; radio broadcasting stations



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