The Fourth Geneva Convention was the result of WW2, today with the face of new players such as the apearence of suicide bombing, is it a time to reshaping international law? Suicide bombing is peculiarly horrific because it is susceptible to no normal deterrence. Martyrdom cannot be deterred. British policy in Northern Ireland was never so threatened as during the Maze hunger strikes. America was traumatised by the September suicide hijackings. Israel may kill selected Palestinian leaders, but against the bombers trained by Hamas and Islamic Jihad it cannot defend itself, only vent its rage in reprisals that fuel more attacks.Those who welcome death in this way cannot be deterred even by death. By the way, having no uniform or recognisable command structure, is the definition of âillegal combatant,â under the terms of the Geneva convention. During more than 50 years after the Second World War atrocities continued. Among the best known are the ethnic cleansing and genocide in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, Sudan and Sierra Leone. Despite these horrific breaches of the Geneva Convention, which was adopted in 1949, regarding the protection of civilians in times of war, the contracting parties were never convened to discuss them. The only time this happened was in December 2001 when the contracting parties to the Convention gathered in Geneva to accuse Israel of human rights violations and breaches of the Convention.