War Crimes and Persian Gulf Weather

04.17.08 | 1 min read | Text by Steven Aftergood

Prodded by a request from the Federation of American Scientists, the U.S. Marine Corps recently restored online public access to many of its doctrinal publications, Federal Computer Week reported on March 27.

One of those Marine Corps documents addresses war crimes (pdf), describing prohibited actions and the need to prevent them.

“While we Marines fight swiftly and aggressively, we also conduct our military operations with respect toward both the liberated people and the vanquished foe.”

“Marines do not harm enemy soldiers who surrender. Marines do not torture or kill enemy prisoners of war or detainees. Marines collect and care for the wounded, whether friend or foe.”

See “War Crimes,” Marine Corps Reference Publication 4-11.8B, 6 September 2005.

Another document is a 1990 analysis of weather patterns in the Persian Gulf (pdf).

“While some of the technical information in this manual is of use mainly to meteorologists, much of the information is invaluable to anyone who wishes to predict the consequences of changes in the season or weather on military operations.”

See “The Persian Gulf Region: A Climatological Study,” Fleet Marine Force Reference Publication 0-54, 19 October 1990.