Related Rule
Practice Relating to Rule 14. Proportionality in Attack
Section A. General
At the CDDH, Romania stated that it had always opposed the “rule of proportionality” and considered that:
It amounted to legal acceptance of the fact that one part of the civilian population was to be deliberately sacrificed to real or assumed military advantages and it gave military commanders the power to weigh their military advantage against the probable losses among the civilian population during an attack against the enemy. Military leaders would tend to consider military advantage to be more important than the incidental loss. The principle of proportionality was therefore a subjective principle which could give rise to serious violations. 
Romania, Statement at the CDDH, Official Records, Vol. XIV, CDDH/III/SR.31, 14 March 1974, p. 305, § 42; see also Statement at the CDDH, Official Records, Vol. XIV, CDDH/III/SR.7, 18 March 1974, p. 57, § 55.