The war on terror has already shown us that existing international rules concerning treatment of detainees and illegal combatants are inadequate. The rules were written for a WW II type conflict, not for a situation where individual terrorist cells might have the means to take out entire cities. Now in the aftermath of the Iraq fiasco and the Israel-Hezhbollah conflict, we see that the rules concerning the protection of civilians are also inadequate. What is a civilized country to do when it is fighting terrorists or insurgents who use civilians as shields, who retreat to mosques or hospitals and use them as armories or who disguise themselves among the civilian population? All these actions are war crimes, but neither the media nor the international community seem interested, not when they can point the finger at Israel and the US and wail about civilian casulaties. Our choices seem to be to avoid these situations, thereby handing the terrorists a huge victory, fight with one hand behind our backs and expose our soldiers to needless risk or defy the media and international community and wage all-out WW II type war with scant regard for collateral damage. I believe how we answer this dilemma will have an enormous impact on our chances of success in this fight.