Saturday, September 16, 2006

Bush feels Americans Stupid ! Read Geneva Convention Article 3 for yourself

In his incredibly hostile press confernce to justify his desire to not follow the Geneva Convention rules pertaining to military conduct (particularly article 3) Bush stated that 'Americans just don't understand article 3', as if it was so deep, so complicated, so intellectually superior that the average American just could not grasp it. Fact's not that deep. So, to give you the opportunity to read it for yourself, not only will you have a clearer understanding of this article, but you'll also realize how crazy Bush sounded calling average Americans stupid.
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. ---------------------------------------------------Well, there it is. Not so deep that you couldn't understand huh? And these are the rules that Bush wants to NOT follow anymore. Does he realize (as NBC Press Corp Reporter David Gregory asked during the press conference) that if we, the U.S. decides to not follow article 3 rules related to torture, then that gives other countries the right to basically torture our American troops in any way they desire. That's crazy ! Even Republicans like Lindsey Graham, John Warner, John McCain, Colin Powell and others have strongly voiced opposition to Bush's desire.