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4.0 out of 5 stars Covers the ground well, looking at everyone whose erred
Contrary to other reviewers, I found the book to be a very healthy critique of the reality that countries always develop bigger sticks than their neighbours, it's just whether or not they use 'em that matters. The countries and cases given are based entirely on what's known. Israel gets a lot of comment, but that's because so much more is publicly known about their...
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3.0 out of 5 stars All examples of violators are politically correct
A good review of the international law concerning war crimes. However, Israel comes in for much bashing as if it was the worst violator. Other states which are far worse, like China are left out. Do the writers have an agenda?
Published on 8 Aug 1999


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4.0 out of 5 stars Covers the ground well, looking at everyone whose erred, 10 Sep 1999
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Contrary to other reviewers, I found the book to be a very healthy critique of the reality that countries always develop bigger sticks than their neighbours, it's just whether or not they use 'em that matters. The countries and cases given are based entirely on what's known. Israel gets a lot of comment, but that's because so much more is publicly known about their activities, rather than, say, China or Myanmar or Syria (now, there's a time-bomb waiting to fall over).
What's most appealing is the lengthy descriptions of how all the nastier weapons get developed, and the fact that the factories really may be in your back yard. Any medium-sized government plant closed to public entry can harbour a bio-chem weapons facility (even if it's been renamed an 'Agricultural Research Facility'!).
What's even better is the detail given of how easy industrial pollution accidents occur. A simple thing like leaving an air-scrubber turned off can lead to multiple deaths locally. The book is well-written and makes available a lot of government admitted information, which would otherwise be scattered across specialist journals, committee reports and the odd liberal newspaper. Worth keeping as a reference book, just so you can check what's going on the next time a Government says it's had a small, 'controllable incident' at a previously unknown research station.
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3.0 out of 5 stars All examples of violators are politically correct, 8 Aug 1999
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A good review of the international law concerning war crimes. However, Israel comes in for much bashing as if it was the worst violator. Other states which are far worse, like China are left out. Do the writers have an agenda?
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3.0 out of 5 stars War crimes confined to those polically correct, 8 Aug 1999
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In giving the information regarding the legal aspects of international law this book has value. However, it is an Israel basher, with taht beseiged state coming in for much criticism as if it were a major violator of international law. The book leaves out Turkey and China, friends of the US for commercial and military reasons. Strange!
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