Boy, with some of these rules that are going around a lot of us that fought in S.E. Asia are in trouble for war crimes! I'm pretty sure I remember seeing the M2 (.50 cal. BMG for those of you in Rio Linda) with an 8x Unertl scope mounted on it used against enemy soldiers. Oops! And some of the people I shot at didn't wear uniforms!! Oops again! In retrospect, maybe they were just carrying those weapons for someone else when they accidently discharged magazine after magazine in our direction. Maybe I should write a letter of apology.
On the "no shooting at parachuting troops until they hit the ground", does a McGuire Rig count? If it does, and this rule is for real, then SOMEONE owes ME an apology, not to mention reimbursing Uncle Sam for patching a hole in my calf!! Wait, a parachute goes down and a McGuire rig goes up. Damn! Shot at on a technicality!
I shot more than a few rounds from an M79 at enemy soldiers (again, not all were wearing uniforms). Now WE called these rounds grenades, but they sure LOOKED like bullets. And MAN, did they expand!! Should I contact my lawyer?
I seem to recall BOTH sides setting off a few explosives around medical facilities. Of course, a lot of their hospitals were underground, so we could retain plausible deniability and just say that we didn't know it was there. Those 500-pounders were REALLY meant to take out the underground kitchen and we were just off by a few feet! Can't say why their mortar rounds went off in our facilities. Must have been an accident too.
I won't even get into how American POWs have been treated in conflicts we have taken part in over the past 50 years. I guess being skinned alive and then having your genitals stuffed in your mouth, or being burned, dismembered and hung from a bridge doesn't constitute mistreatment, but being photographed naked does.
Oops, got off the subject didn't I. What I was really trying to establish is, the rules of engagement are set by the aggressor. Yes, there are boundaries set by the Geneva Convention, but the U.S. and NATO seem to be the only ones that adhere to these rules. I heard it said that if we could take Diplomacy out of war, then it would be a much less attractive option (I'm paraphrasing). Just once I'd like to see our troops go into battle authorized to fight to win! War is hell! War is a fight for survival for at least one of the combatant entities! When fighting for survival all rules go out the window except survival of the fittest!
There! I've vented. Thanks.
By the way, the hollow-point design on match bullets prevents the tip of the bullet from being deformed through recoil or other means. This facilitates a more constant ballistic coefficient which results in better accuracy.