Machiavelli advised the prince to garrison mercenary foreigners to keep order among the locals, the foreigners having no reason to care at all about the lives they might be required to take if called upon by the prince to keep order among those they do not know. But even given the low nature of civilized behavior among the princes of the Renaissance it's doubtful they would have demanded or allowed the hostage-taking of children to protect their paid men. However, if the mercenaries are not bound by loyalty to family or clan or tribe or even by common humanity, if they are, as below, Muslims, then it seems that anything goes, things even to shame Machiavelli. Not that grabbing children to use as human shields to save Taliban terrorists will shame the Death Hippies who find any excuse to praise them and to demean the efforts of the Modern world to defeat the killers in dar al-Islam. Foreign Muslims in Afghanistan grabbed Afghan kids and used them to run away from death at the hands of Western and Afghan forces. Find an excuse, Death Hippies, for that.
KABUL (Reuters) - Taliban fighters used children as human shields to flee heavy fighting this week during an operation by foreign and Afghan forces to clear rebels from around a key hydrolectric dam, NATO said on Wednesday.
The Taliban have used human shields before, but never children, local residents say.
The fighting occurred during Operation Kryptonite on Monday, an offensive to clear insurgents from the Kajaki Dam area in southern Helmand province to allow repairs to its power plants and the installation of extra capacity.
"During this action ... Taliban extremists resorted to the use of human shields. Specifically, using local Afghan children to cover as they escaped out of the area," Colonel Tom Collins, a spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) told reporters in Kabul.
The fighting occurred in an area where 700 mainly foreign fighters, including Chechens, Pakistanis and Uzbeks, arrived from Pakistan this week to reinforce Taliban guerrillas targeting the dam, according to local officials.
There cannot be normative rules of engagement any longer in a struggle against those who use children as Human shields. No rules no more.
Is America the world's greatest terrorist? Do we kill more children every day than all the murders of history combined? The Death Hippies would have us think so. So, what do we do? What voice do we hear, and who calls?
Last day a Muslim shot to death six peaceful shoppers in store in Utah. Civilians died because they were alive. You cannot hide from Islam. It will come at random and kill because it is a sickness. You cannot know. You can only know that doing nothing is a sickness worse than death.