British Defence Secretary John Reid yesterday demanded changes to the Geneva conventions in the treatment of prisoners, pre-emptive strikes and intervention in humanitarian crises.
Reid expressed his belief that the rules were out of date and inadequate to deal with what he called "barbaric terrorism."
The conventions, he said, were created more than half century ago "when the world was almost unrecognisable."
In what may relate to the question of Iran, he also spoke of the "concept of imminence" - the circumstances when a state could strike without waiting for an attack.
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