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What Kind of Nuclear Attack Would be Legal?

Legal scholar George Delf’s Humanizing Hell! The Law V. Nuclear Weapons is concise, bold, and direct. “[A]rmed forces are committed by military, domestic and international law not to attack non-combatants. Any government which adopts a defense policy implying such an attack is therefore inciting its own forces to commit war crimes on a gigantic and suicidal scale.”

Counter Information

By John Laforge

US general says order to launch nuclear weapons can be refused if illegal

—Chicago Tribune, Nov. 18

US nuclear commander would balk at any “illegal” order

—MSNBC, Nov. 18

General heading Strategic Command says illegal nuclear launch order can be refused

—NBC News, Nov. 18

Top general says he would resist “illegal” nuke order from Trump

—CBS News, Nov. 18

Top US general says he would resist illegal nuclear strike order from Donald Trump

—The Independent, Nov. 18

All these headlines give the direct impression that a nuclear attack could be legal in some circumstances. But is this possible?

Air Force General John Hyten, commander of Strategic Command, told the Halifax International Security Forum Nov. 18, that an order from the president to launch nuclear weapons can be refused if that order is determined to be illegal. In the face of an unlawful order, Gen. Hyten said…

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December 8, 2017 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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