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Shooting at parachuting pilots


If the early reports are correct, and with apologies for the mangled, paraphrased poetry:


I’ve never been a soldier
I never hope to be one
But I can tell you anyway
I’d rather see than be one …
who shoots at helpless pilots dangling below their parachutes.

Shame on Turkey. They had a right to defend their airspace and shoot down the intruding Russian fighter, but shooting at the pilots after they ejected was despicable. And as far as I can tell, it was also a violation of Protocol I of the 1949 Geneva Conventions.

Silly old-fashioned conventions. Nobody observes the “rules of war” these days. Having actual rules for war is such an archaic concept.



“Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.” ― Isaac Asimov

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