The history of warfare shows that while it is started under the cover of Noble Lies eventually the Truth surfaces, at first in brazen ugliness and then in amoral matter-of-factness. When American-NATO forces accidentally killed civilians, apologies were issued and heads hung in shame. Then the battlefield was redefined and any male within proximity of the attack was classified as a combatant even 11 year old shepherd boys. Now after the murders-by-drone of three children ages 8, 10 and 12, the U.S. Command in Afghanistan justifies its mayhem BECAUSE the children MAY have had “hostile intent”.
So after fighting the longest war of our history, we are now justifying killing children in the happenstance that they may have hostile intent.
In my mind the list of U.S. Presidents who should be prosecuted for crimes under the Nuremberg standard should be expanded, Ronald Reagan, George H W Bush, Bill Clinton, George W Bush and Barack Obama.