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Victims of Legal Bombardments, Drone Attacks and Other Forms of Collateralism

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Bombardments deliberately target civilians and other collateral locations of attacks, for demoralizing the enemy and discouraged further resistance, despite regulatory regimes to the contrary. This chapter focuses on victims of various aspects of that phenomenon, that is, the "war on terror", as well as on persistence of other illegal war acts, proscribed at various times in international law, including those that are taken for granted in modern day war, such as regular bombardments. It examines separately each problem. The discussion demonstrates why most of those who suffer those attacks are victims of illegal activities, masquerading as legitimate conflicts. The US drone attacks on Pakistan demonstrate both its disregard for international law, but also its lack of respect for territorial sovereignty of weaker state. The chapter discusses concept of terrorism itself and measures undertaken by the US in response, before returning to the other violations of jus in bello.

Keywords: collateralism; international law; legal bombardments; terrorism; US drone attacks; victims



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