Saturday, September 23, 2006

Geneva Conventions on Prisoners of War

President Bush has complained that the Geneva Convention is not clear.

I checked the Geneva Conventions to see what it says. On Article 3, these are the actions that are prohibited:

1) Violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment and torture.

2) Taking hostages

3) Outages upon person dignity, in particular, humiliating and degrading treatment.

4) The passing of sentences and the carrying out of executions without previous treatment pronounced by a regularly constituted force affording all the judicial guarantees which are recognized as indispensable to civilized people.

Well, from the Abu Graib situation, we already know the United States is in violation of condition 3 of Geneva Conventions. The administration try to get its way out by saying that Geneva Conventions do not apply to these people ... because they are 'terrorists' and 'stateless' and so on.

I had some hope when the three Republicans stand up to the President, but now, I have lost hope, both in the Administration and in the Congress. It's not a balance of power, but rather watch its other's back. What's worse, the detainees don't have access to the court now, the last path to redress any injustice that is faced upon them.

It's like the president is asking ... how much I can hurt them and get away with it, and now Congress is condoning this action. This is sickening.

We, as human beings, must look out for the welfare of other human beings. This president may talk about 'peace' and 'democracy', and so on, but he is not practicing it. Compare United Nation Annan's tone versus United States Bush's tone. Annan's tone is a peaceful tone, a man of peace, and he has an increased chance of bringing peace. Contrast that with Bush's tone, he incites anger, and he decreases the chance for us to come to peace.


Blogger Bruce Larson*Moore said...

Any state which tolerates the condition of homeless individuals and especially families, is in violation of the basic human rights set forth in the Geneva Conventions, for these people suffer similar tortures of the "Stateless" terrorist on a daily basis. That their state has abandoned them is the fault of the state and its inability to accept the truth of its inadequacies, for there is no such personage as a stateless individual, every soul is born to some state or another.

The Last*War

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