Shouldn 't veterans be treated better? They contain many hazardous chemicals that will target the environment and cause waste products to be contained in the atmosphere.
Article 48 of the Protocol I provides that: in order to ensure respect for and protection of the civilian population and civilian objects, the Parties to the conflict shall at all times distinguish between the civilian population and combatants and between civilian objects and military objectives and accordingly shall direct their operations only against military objectives.
Although this is a major part of the foundation on which the law of war is built, it is one of the least codified portions of that law. Industries essential to the manufacturing of CW, BW and conventional weapons depended on the national electric power grid.
Coalition authorities were unaware of the presence of these civilians in the bunker complex.
State-owned TV stations were also being supervised. What should the US forces have done if they had known that there were civilians in the bunker? This failures occurs when military and political leaders come up with war strategies which when implemented leads to failures or losses.