"Death flies down" : the bombing of civilians and the paradox of international law
Ronald C. Kramer and Amanda Marie Smith
Towards a victimology of state war
London ; New York : Routledge, 2014
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It is intemational law that defines and helps us to "see" civilians who are bombed from the air as "victims," individuals who have experienced a "blameworthy harm". The paradox, however, is that while these laws provide substantive concepts and categories for possible legal definition and action (not to mention an epistemological framework for criminological analysis), they ultimately fail to provide protection and legal recourse for those who are victimized by the state crime of bombing civilians. This chapter examines this paradox, particularly with regard to bombing campaigns carried out by the United States of America.