Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Hors de Combat?

A critical question concerning the killing of a wounded Iraqi insurgent inside a mosque in Falluja last week is whether or not he was hors de combat. Kevin Sites' account of the killing makes it appear that he was in spite of the Marine's claim before firing a shot into his head that the Iraqi was pretending to be dead. Anthony Dworkin, in a brief essay over at the Crimes of War Project web site, does an excellent job of sorting out the issues this incident raises under the Geneva Conventions and the customary laws of armed conflict.