Red Cross Declares: Syria Conflict is Civil War

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A Syrian citizen holds the remains of a projectile shot by a tank near the town of Khan Sheikhun. (Getty)

David Scheffer, law professor and director of the Center for International Human Rights at Northwestern University School of Law and the author of All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals, discusses the Red Cross announcement and what it means with regard to the Geneva Conventions, as well as the 10th anniversary of the International Criminal Court. Scheffer was the first U.S. Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues.


David Scheffer

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Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

14,000+ dead in Syria and Tzar Putins Russia continues to back the Assad family dictatorship and genocide.


Jul. 18 2012 12:32 PM
Bob from Brooklyn

Many Israeli political and military leaders are fearful of being arrested while traveling abroad, because of war crimes committed by the IDF. A small example of their violation of the Geneva Convention, was the use of a chemical weapon by the IDF, on the civilans in Gaza during their recent incursion in 2008, called white phosphorus, which was outlawed in 1980 by the Geneva Convention. Israeli politicians like Ehud Barack and Tzipi Livini were about to be arrested in the UK due to their direct involvement in the Gaza war crimes, but they were able to flee London hours before any arrest attempts.

It seems that in this Orwellian world, only official enemies of the U.S. would be charged by people like Mr. Scheffer with the commiting of war crimes.

Jul. 17 2012 11:52 AM
rose-ellen from jackson hts.

If we wanted to stop this virtual genocide-we would have. Apparrently our narrative that these men women and children being killed and or tortured have the backing of alquada or may be alquada-which is what assad himself is saying-exposes our complicity with this genocide. Only McCain has a conscience-everyone else -i believe -wants to see arab/muslims killed en mass-as assad is doing. Maybe the thinking is if enough syrians are killed israel could have more land. Hope i'm wrong and paranoid but come on-we labeled syria part of the axis of evil after 9-11 and we are looking for a rationale to go after iran and now that the syrians themselves are rising up to topple this evil regime supported by iran-our narrative becomes that the rebels may be alquada![if alquada supports the people rising up against this horrific regime that should tell us that our narrative about alquada needs to be revised -not that we should support mass murder of men women and children by a dictator].]

Jul. 17 2012 10:28 AM

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