11/19/2004

The Left Attacks our Military Again

I'm sure everyone is familiar with the Marine shooting of a wounded and "unarmed" man. Here is a transcript of the 2 Marines talking in case you missed it:

VOICE: Any Marines in there?
VOICE: Yeah, they're on the floor, far right, far right.
VOICE: Coming around the back, hey, who's in here?
VOICE: Coming around.
VOICE: What are you doing in here? (BLEEP).
VOICE: That guy shot at my tank (BLEEP).
VOICE: Yeah.
VOICE: Yeah.
VOICE: Shot up my tank.
VOICE: Come in here.
VOICE: Yeah.
VOICE: Did you shoot them?
VOICE: Did they have any weapons on them?
VOICE: All right. These are the ones from yesterday.
VOICE: These are the ones they never picked up. Bleep.
VOICE: He's breathing.
VOICE: He's f#$%ing faking he's dead!
VOICE: He's faking he's f@#$ing dead!
SOUND: BANG
VOICE: Well, he's dead now

We're hearing all of the liberals carp about how this killing is a violation of the Geneva Convention. How convenient they ignore the insurgent's (i.e. terrorist) violations of Laws and Customs of War on Land (which is referenced by the Geneva Convention) where "To kill or wound treacherously individuals belonging to the hostile nation or army" and "To make improper use of a flag of truce, of the national flag or of the military insignia and uniform of the enemy, as well as the distinctive badges of the Geneva Convention" are also prohibited.

Additionally, do these insurgents (aka terrorists) meet the Geneva Convention requirements to be P.O.W.s to begin with? According to the Geneva Convention (and Laws and Customs of War on Land) it's debatable.

From the Laws and Customs of War on Land:
"The laws, rights, and duties of war apply not only to armies, but also to militia and volunteer corps fulfilling the following conditions:
1. To be commanded by a person responsible for his subordinates;
2. To have a fixed distinctive emblem recognizable at a distance;
3. To carry arms openly; and
4. To conduct their operations in accordance with the laws and customs of war.

In countries where militia or volunteer corps constitute the army, or form part of it, they are included under the denomination "army."

Also defined in the Geneva Conventions (Convention III, Part 1, Article 4, #2):

"Members of other militias and members of other volunteer corps, including those of organized resistance movements, belonging to a Party to the conflict and operating in or outside their own territory, even if this territory is occupied, provided that such militias or volunteer corps, including such organized resistance movements, fulfill the following conditions:[ (a) that of being commanded by a person responsible for his subordinates; (b) that of having a fixed distinctive sign recognizable at a distance; (c) that of carrying arms openly; (d) that of conducting their operations in accordance with the laws and customs of war."

The insurgents clearly do not meet the requirements of a combatant under the protections of the Geneva Convention. For example, in the case of this Marine, a member of his unit was killed a day earlier by an insurgent who faked death and was not carrying his weapon openly. The Marine that did shoot the insurgent was wounded in the face during the attack.

For those of you that can't draw a line, faking death to seek an advantage and booby-trapping bodies are both prohibited. The Geneva Conventions also prohibit the killing of civilians such as Margaret Hassan, but you don't hear about those violations of the Geneva Convention, do you? These animals have brutally tortured and beheaded numerous civilians, and yet liberals want to whine over the death of one? Where's the media outrage for all of the civilian victims? Where's the media outrage for brutal murder of Margaret Hassan who was against the war and had worked to help the Iraqi people for over 30 years? Where is the media outrage for the years of Geneva Convention violations under Saddam Hussein?

It's rather hypocritical for the media to cry over the death of a dead terrorist who likely does NOT meet the requirements of a P.O.W. under the Geneva Conventions, when the terrorists themselves don't follow ANY of the Laws or Customs of War. For those of you that say, "Hey, it's war," please remember the knife cuts both ways.

This is yet another case where the media cries foul when they think it will hurt conservatives (in this case the Bush Administration - guilt through association), but conveniently don't apply the same "high journalistic standards" when similar facts and circumstances don't meet their agenda.

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