Thursday, March 11, 2010

PLN 16

Article: Two soldiers charged with using 9-year-old 'human shield' in Gaza from

This article talks about how two Israeli soldiers used a 9-year-old child in Gaza City inside the Palestinian territories. The two soldiers allegedly forced a Palestinian boy to open some bags that they were suspicious of that might have contained explosive materials. The bags turned out to be harmless after the boy was turned against his will to open them. The incident occurred January 2009, the investigation was opened when the United Nations brought the incident to the Israeli army. The army has a specific rule stating that soldiers cannot use civilians as shields. Despite the United States' war effort in the Middle East, soldiers are becoming heartless and using children and civilians to keep them safe. There is another incident in where Israeli soldiers attacked civilians in a bank in search of some suspects. I believe the United Nations should become more involved and more aware of these cruel, in-human acts towards civilians during the chaos in the Middle East. Civilians begin to become angry at their government because they feel they are being attacked by their country's army. If this feeling of distrust worsens then, eventually, a civil war would be inevitable over time.

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