Spec Ops: The Line (Video Games)

Spec Ops: The Line (Video Games)


“Welcome to Hell, Walker.” Incendiary weapons have been used in warfare
since man has had control of fire. From the flaming arrow to napalm, these weapons
have been used to instill fear in one’s enemies, and cause destruction to combatants and their
surroundings. However, the use of incendiary weapons is
a contentious subject and violation of International Humanitarian Law, particularly when used in
proximity to civilians and population centers. Spec Ops: The Line is a third-person military
shooter set in a post-catastrophe Dubai. The player controls Captain Martin Walker,
who leads an elite Delta Force team sent to the city on a recon mission. As the game progresses, Walker’s mental health
begins to deteriorate as he realizes the horrors of war. Among the many horrors portrayed in the game
is use of White Phosphorus against military and civilian targets. When White Phosphorus comes into contact with
human flesh, it instantly combusts, and quickly burns through to the bone. Due to its chemical nature, it is impossible
to remove. Victims of the attack will experience excruciating
pain as the White Phosphorus literally melts the skin and muscles from their bones until
they die. Under International Humanitarian Law, methods
of warfare that cause unnecessary injury or suffering are prohibited, particularly when
used near population centers. The injures caused by the use of White Phosphorus
clearly constitute unnecessary suffering. For this reason, many experts argue that the
use of White Phosphorus as a weapon always violates international human rights standards,
especially when civilians are put at risk. “Why?” “You brought this on yourself.” “We were helping.” “What?” Human rights law requires human rights education
since public awareness and support for human rights is the best way to protect against
government abuse. So the makers of Spec Ops: The Line deserve
special recognition for calling attention to this horrible threat to human rights. Human rights principles help to maintain our
humanity, even in times of war. The alternative is to descend into pure barbarism
and lose our dignity as human beings. The world has seen where this leads, and we
all have an interest in trying to save humanity from such pain and destruction. “Are those…civilians?” “Where’d they come from? There’s no camp here.” “They took them from The Nest.” “That hotel back at the storm wall? No, no, no those can’t be the civvies that
got kidnapped. That’s not possible.” “Yeah it is. It’s why Gould stormed this place. He didn’t want The Gate. He was trying to rescue his people.” “It’s White Phosphorus.” “I know what it is.” “You’ve seen what this shit does. You know we can’t-” “Might not have a choice, Lugo.” “There’s always a choice.”

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