“Civil Rights” Groups and the Geneva
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
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
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
to life and persons, in particular murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel
treatment and torture;
(b) taking of
upon personal dignity, in particular, humiliating and degrading treatment;
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.