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are civilians considered "noncombatants"?
The section entitled "Civilians" (the title given by me, when I moved it from below "See also") says civilians are not "noncombatants", but the 1st paragraph says civilians are noncombatants .... Which is correct? Eagle4000 (talk) 04:35, 18 December 2009 (UTC)
- Its saying that in order to ensure you receive non-combatant status, you do not take up arms to fight. If you do take up arms and are not part of the lawful military, then you violate this provision, and have become a combatant, even though you never actually lost your "civilian" status, since you are not part of the authorized military force. 184.108.40.206 (talk) 12:04, 26 May 2011 (UTC)
Examples Civilian Noncombatants
Can examples of Civilian Noncombatants be listed. For example is John Lennon a civilian noncombatant or is he a member of Al Qaida that needs to be shot? Is an official with a gun who failed to protect John Lennon a Civilian Noncombatant or is he a member of Al Qaida that needs to be shot? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk) 07:39, 22 May 2011 (UTC)
- Members of the American Red Cross, in the Service to the Armed Forces section, served at US military installations during the Viet Nam War, but were Civilian Noncombatants, and carried an identification card indicating this and the statement "This person is not permitted to bear arms on a field of battle." I know this because my father was with ARC in Viet Nam 1967-68, and I saw his noncombatant card. The card was issued by an NGO in Geneva, but I don't recall what that was now. Unfortunately I don't have adequate references to edit this into the main article at this time, though. (I assume this sort of arrangement held also during World War 2 and the Korean War, but I don't know that for certain, and again I have no citable reference. BSVulturis (talk) 03:51, 26 April 2013 (UTC)