Originally posted by vinea
[B]We're talking about the non-uniformed combatants that attempt to blend into the population they fight from. While some Hezbollah fighters are in uniform many are not. Also Hezbollah has a tendency to park military targets next to civilians for protection.
No we are not.
The objects you describe are not civilian objects in time of war as they provide combatants with military capability. Transportation and electrical power are certainly is not "totally non-militaristic" unless you are a moron.
No, dear vinea, the moron is not me. Power plants are civilian objects, as they provide electricity for everyone. In Gaza, they also provide water because the pumps depend on them. So no electricity, no water... soon, no supermarkets, no parks, no cars, no TVs?
Airports, power plants, roads etc are valid miltiary targets and are not prohibited by Article 48 or 52.
Yes they are. Civilian airports are not to be bombed. Roads are not to be bombed. Power Plants are not to be bombed. Universities are not to be bombed.
The statement by Isreal that the roads, bridges, airports, etc were being used to resupply Hezbollah is to indicate that these are indeed military targets and their destruction offers a definite military advantage (reduction in the number of rockets that can be shipped in).
You believe everything Israel tells you?
If you put ammo dumps in buildings they become military targets regardless of their non-war usage.
Provide proof that the Israeli soldier was being held in the Gaza power plant? If you can't, then that ends the debate.
If there is no doubt that a normally civilian structure is being used for military purposes it can be struck. Only if there is insufficient intel to show military usage would Article 52 kick in.
There is no proof that the power plant in Gaza was being used by Islamic Jihad. There is proof, however, that it was being used by the civilian population, which leads us into the realm of this thing called "Collective Punishment".
For example, if you're taking fire from a Mosque you sure as hell can drop a bomb on it. You may not do so anyway for other reasons but its not protected by Article 52.
Who was firing from the university in Gaza, the power plant, the airport in Beirut? Can you provide some proof?