How Western ideology empowers the jihad

The US military made news recently when it adopted the Israeli tactic of ‘roof knocking’ – detonating a small explosion above a building that is about to be bombed in order to give civilians that may be present a warning to evacuate – in its operations against the Islamic State.

Israel used the roof-knock technique to reduce civilian casualties in several recent wars, beginning with Operation Cast Lead in Gaza in 2008-9.

One of the tactics that the radical Islamist enemies of the West have adopted as part of the paradigm of asymmetric warfare that they are waging is to use their own civilian populations as human shields. Hamas launches its rockets from school courtyards, and Hezbollah has constructed a massive, dispersed rocket-launching facility embedded in the Shiite villages of southern Lebanon. If Israel has to neutralize this, it’s likely that many Lebanese will be killed.

The human shield tactic is effective because Western military and political leaders are highly sensitive to the charge of unnecessarily hurting civilians in warfare.

h/t MP

  • Norman_In_New_York

    I have said it before and I will say it again. The Geneva Conventions are by and for losers.

    • They, like The Bill of Rights are not (or at least should not be) a suicide pact.

    • ISIS do not merit such consideration.

    • Alain

      Perhaps but the truth is that the Geneva Convention does not apply to Muslim terrorists. It was based on nations at war with their military wearing easily identifiable uniforms. In other words war between nations of Western civilisation.

    • Minicapt

      The problem lies with the State Department whiners who eviscerate the GC for their own private pleasures and erotic delights. Once weapons or fighters are moved into a facility, it becomes a target, including mosques, hospitals, schools, etc.
      DFAIT are part of the whining clique.


  • Gary

    That picture may have been from Regent Park or the Valley Park public school.