Carol Platt Liebau: For Those Who Didn't Get It the First Time . . .

Saturday, November 26, 2005

For Those Who Didn't Get It the First Time . . .

Charles Krauthammer outlines the reasons that the Geneva Conventions protect ordinary soldiers from torture -- and quite properly so. They don't protect terrorists; in fact, they were designed to incentivize against terrorism (i.e. the deliberate targeting of innocent civilians by un-uniformed fighters).

I'm proud that one of the senators for whom I worked (Kit Bond, R-MO) was one of the nine to vote against the McCain Amendment. It's living proof that he loves his country more than he wants adulation from the Washington establishment.


Blogger Mr. Twister said...

For the Iraqi's Who Didn't Suffer Enough the First Time ...

LONDON, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Abuse of human rights in Iraq is as bad now as it was under Saddam Hussein, if not worse, former prime minister Iyad Allawi said in an interview published on Sunday.

"People are doing the same as (in) Saddam Hussein's time and worse. It is an appropriate comparison," Allawi told British newspaper The Observer.

We have condoned torture in Iraq. If the United States of America will not officially stand up against torture, then why should this be a surprise?

8:45 PM  
Anonymous Brian Busse said...

The choice of whether a code of civilized behavior, like the Geneva Convention, should or shouldn't be applied to "terrorists" or "enemy combatants" is the wrong question. The question is whether we chose to apply those standards of beavior to ourselves. The issue isn't which of "them" it's ok to torture, but whether we chose to be torturers or not. Believing it's ok to torture isn't something to be proud of.

9:42 PM  

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