3small25“Civil Rights” Groups and the Geneva Conventions


Gerard P. Keenan

Groups like the ACLU, Human Rights Watch (HRW), Amnesty International, Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and others of that ilk only seem concerned about the Geneva Conventions when it suits their own left-wing, anti-American agendas.

Whenever claims of abuse are leveled at the US or it allies – whether evidence is produced or not; or even exists at all – these apologists for terrorism immediately turn to the Geneva Conventions. Yet they conveniently ignore annoying little details – like the fact that the Conventions were written with the expectation that future conflicts, like past conflicts, would be fought between nation-states. This implies combat between armies, navies and air forces. It was expected that the belligerents would have traditional military rank structures and chains of command. And, of course, it also means there would be uniforms, officers, and enlisted men – as well as civilians and non-combatants.

But we are not fighting a traditional war. Nor is the enemy a nation-state. They do not respect borders, they come to Iraq and Afghanistan from a dozen or more countries, they are fighting for a fascist ideology, not a country, and they are certainly no respecters of human rights, women’s rights, freedom of religion, speech, press, or any other basic human rights and freedoms.

They do not wear uniforms or have any discernable military rank structure.

There is no hierarchy with which to negotiate.

Yet these “rights” groups insist we afford these terrorists all the protections of the Conventions. Where are their complaints, demands, condemnations and criticisms when yet another western civilian is taken hostage and brutally murdered on videotape which is then broadcast throughout the Middle East by their bedfellows at al-Jazeera, al-Arabiya, and al-Manar?

If they really consider themselves “civil rights” groups, and if they really are concerned that the Geneva Conventions be fully applied, then they should re-examine themselves and understand that part of the term “civil rights” is the concept of “equal rights” – for everyone, not just for criminals, terrorists and murderers.

Geneva Convention III Relative to the Treatment of POWs, 12 August 1949, Article 3, states:

“(1)……..the following acts are and shall remain prohibited at any time and in any place whatsoever with respect to the above-mentioned persons:

(a) violence to life and persons, in particular murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment and torture;

(b) taking of hostages;

(c) outrage upon personal dignity, in particular, humiliating and degrading treatment;

(d) the passing of sentences and the carrying out of executions without previous judgment pronounced by a regularly constituted court affording all the judicial guarantees which are recognized as indispensable by civilized peoples.

So let me see if I under this:

(1)(a) I don’t recall Americans being responsible for the murder and mutilation of four Americans in Iraq, burning their bodies, and hanging them from a bridge.

(1)(b) I’ve heard no reports of Americans taking hostages. But it seems as if al-Zarqawi and his band of cowards has made it their life’s work. Of course, these hostages must be innocent, unarmed civilians or an occasional armed soldier or contractor who is already too badly wounded to put up a fight.

(1)(c) Guilty as charged – guilty of what amounts to little more than a college hazing compared to what is done by Zarqawi and Co. on a daily basis to innocent men, women and children.

(1)(d) The only sentences and executions carried out have been by Islamic terrorists. Every time a hostage is executed, whether an Iraqi or a westerner, the same drivel accompanies the videotape; that this person was tried in accordance with the laws of Allah and executed as instructed in the words of the Prophet in the Koran. Maybe not those exact words, but each message contains these same general statements.

If these “rights” groups expect me, or anyone else with half a brain and a modicum of reasoning to take them seriously, they should start proving that they are, indeed, “rights” groups and apply their manifesto to the entire world – and not just to the United States. Either that, or close their doors permanently as the hypocrites they are.

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