Monday, July 03, 2006

War Room - - SCOTUS

War Room -

Recently, I wrote something about why the Geneva Conventions (also here) are important, and why they need to be applied to combatants in all armed conflicts, including the one we are currently in. Go here for the original post, sparked off by a discussion I was having in one of my Yahoo groups at the time.

It’s somewhat heartening to hear the SCOTUS agree with me on the status of prisoners in the war on terror. John Paul Stevens, at least, seems to agree that the status granted under Geneva is relevant at LEAST to the trials of those detained at Guantanamo. Its hard for me to find reason to allow Geneva in one instance, but not in another, and so if Geneva applies to these prisoner’s trials, it seems clear it should also apply to their detention and treatment during said detention.

None of this goes as far as I did … essentially, I think recognizing Geneva is a human rights issue, and that the kind of conflict is irrelevant to status. The reason for the conventions is about recognizing the need to treat all humans in a certain basic way, and about recognizing the inherent value in simply being human. The SCOTUS decision doesn’t go nearly this far ofc, but that’s far too much to ask … just seeing SCOTUS recognize that Geneva applies to people captured in this conflict was a helluva first step, IMO.


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At 8:09 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a veteran of Somalia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq...over these last few months...I've wondered to myself, "Is it possible to reduce the amount of hatred and violence in our world?"

Last week, before going to sleep, I began asking myself a lot of WHAT IF questions.

The central theme behind my thoughts are neither anti-war or pro-religion. My words are not meant to inspire scenes of flag-burning or political protest signs. Sadly, I realize that sometimes a lasting Peace means war.

However, unless someone and everyone start talking about the idea of Peace...

Even if it's just for two short minutes...

It's possible that an unstoppable firestorm of hatred may one day burn its way across our entire planet.

Instead of pointing out those differences which separate mankind...

It's my hope that the humanity within all of us will somehow prevail...


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