"Purity of Arms:" A Sick and Deadly Joke

US Israel Supporter,

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The first images that come to my mind when I hear "Purity of Arms" are from the 1994 action comedy "Street Fighter." The supervillain Bison, played by Raul Julia, challenges Colonel Guile (Jean Claude van Damme) to "the purity of unarmed combat." When Guile starts to win, Bison unleashes a directed energy weapon, whereupon Guile protests, "What happened to the purity of unarmed combat?" This is pretty much what happens to Israeli soldiers and civilians when Palestinian terrorists decide similarly to use any means necessary to achieve their aims.

This is not to say that there cannot and should not be laws of war for conflicts between soldiers who wear uniforms, carry their weapons openly, and follow rules such as not feigning death or surrender to harm the enemy, not harming prisoners who have surrendered, not using unnecessarily brutal weapons like poison gas and hollow-pointed bullets, and not using noncombatants as human shields.