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Aircrew Shot Down In Libya, Legal Status

Mon Jun 06, 2011 5:27 pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-13651736

Given that we have not declared war on Libya, are any aircrew shot down protected by the Geneva Convention.
 
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RE: Aircrew Shot Down In Libya, Legal Status

Mon Jun 06, 2011 11:54 pm

IIRC they should be,a s they are acting in accordance with a UN resolution. Sorta like in the Korean War.
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RE: Aircrew Shot Down In Libya, Legal Status

Tue Jun 07, 2011 3:07 am

On the other hand since there has been no actual declaration of war and NATO is playing favourites - Libya could invoke the "enemy combatant" argument
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RE: Aircrew Shot Down In Libya, Legal Status

Tue Jun 07, 2011 4:51 am

We are getting closer to ground troops it seems.
 
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RE: Aircrew Shot Down In Libya, Legal Status

Tue Jun 07, 2011 5:57 pm

I'd venture that if it's international legal cover that is the factor, any crew bailing out over Libya are in rather better than with Iraq in 2003.

Troops? I really do not see any prospect of Western troops - it's just too politically toxic, too much overstretch.
Peacekeepers from the 'brethren' of those in Libya from that region, would make sense, however history shows............
 
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RE: Aircrew Shot Down In Libya, Legal Status

Tue Jun 07, 2011 6:43 pm

The Geneva Convention does not protect a pilot against an angry Mob.

So the best thing for the pilot is to bail out in an isolated area and hope to be picked up before Mob gets em. The second best is to be picked up by friendly civilians. The third best is to be picked up by the Libyan Government. The pilot is worth more alive as a propaganda tool. Face time in front of "the Press" will protect the captured pilot more than anything the Geneva Convention can offer.

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