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Posted by Thinker on October 30, 2005 at 15:38:53

In Reply to: Re: I'm glad you are happy posted by James Seemore on October 29, 2005 at 16:48:27:

Soldiers are required by international law to disobey orders against their conscience. This was written into law at the Nuremberg trials when Nazi's used the "I was just following orders" defense. Although there is always legal wrangling about what orders can be refused based on "illegal war" and what recourse a soldier may or may not seek, there are clear cut orders a soldier should disobey: They should not machine-gun unarmed civilians, they may not perform summary executions of POWs, they may not enter a village to rape the women, etc. The Genevea Convention does not allow for crimes against humanity. On this site we can't talk politics, so we don't have to cite examples of which army or government is doing that today.