Friday, September 15, 2006

Vague Conventions

The president says that "most" Americans find article three of the Geneva Convention to be "vague".
Article 3

In the case of armed conflict not of an international character occurring in the territory of one of the High Contracting Parties, each party to the conflict shall be bound to apply, as a minimum, the following provisions:

1. Persons taking no active part in the hostilities, including members of armed forces who have laid down their arms and those placed hors de combat by sickness, wounds, detention, or any other cause, shall in all circumstances be treated humanely, without any adverse distinction founded on race, colour, religion or faith, sex, birth or wealth, or any other similar criteria.

To this end 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 person, in particular murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment and torture;

(b) Taking of hostages;

(c) Outrages 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.

2. The wounded and sick shall be collected and cared for.

An impartial humanitarian body, such as the International Committee of the Red Cross, may offer its services to the Parties to the conflict.

The Parties to the conflict should further endeavour to bring into force, by means of special agreements, all or part of the other provisions of the present Convention.

The application of the preceding provisions shall not affect the legal status of the Parties to the conflict.

Yep, look at all the shades of gray, apparently the Geneva Convention is a lot like the Bible, Koran and men reading maps - the only interpretation that matters is that of the readers and that's some scary shit, the very same shit we're wading through in mid-east.

I hate being woken up by the President, it pisses me off that he talks down to us and the world. Hell, we're the idiots (well, half the country is) that made him our president, so he's going to talk to us like we're unruly, uncivilized children. Well, fuck you Mr. President, article three is no more vague than "Mission Accomplished". Perhaps he should follow in Tony Blair's footsteps, but I'm afraid his arrogance won't let him, the asshole. Bah.