Why don't attackers in war target government buildings as much as they could?

The Politicus
May 27, 2022 11:46 AM 0 Answers
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Russia did not flatten all of the central Kiev ministries, presidential, and parliament buildings with artillery. Yet it seems their artillery range was enough to allow that.

And it is not just Russia. As far I know, German government buildings were not specifically targeted for flattening in WWII (though there was certainly damage, I guess it was not on the level of a top target). Likewise, the Japanese Imperial palace or central government buildings were not flattened any more than the rest of Tokyo, which the US devastated.

Am I wrong? Are ministries, presidential, and parliament buildings particularly chosen as targets for flattening in such wars? Or is there a political reason not to? Or is it against laws of war which combatants actually obey? (Yet flattening the presidential buildings or war ministries would seem to be well within the laws of war.)

Again, I am not referring to whether these buildings are targeted, but to whether they are treated as high-priority target to the point where, given the firepower in such wars, they would be flattened.

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