August 18, 2006

Geneva Convention Doesn't Apply To US?

I was watching a History Channel show this afternoon and it mentioned that the US didn't sign the Geneva Convention.

I thought, that can't be. So I did some yahooing and found this:

Additional protocols have been issued including two in 1977 extending the 1949 articles to cover guerrilla combatants and to soldiers in wars of "self-determination." The United States signed the 1977 Protocols, but Congress refused to ratify them.

So if we didn't sign the 1977 Geneva protocols that cover gurerrila combatants and soliders in wars of "self-determination" they why is everyone getting their liberals panites in a bunch about treating gurerrilas (Guntanemo prisoners) according to the Geneva protocols?

We never signed up for those so why do we have to go by them?

Posted by Quality Weenie at August 18, 2006 03:18 PM | TrackBack

Very good question my dear Watson. Insightful too!

Since inquiring minds want to know I'll give the fifty cent answer. mkay?

There are organizations that we belong to, such as NATO, UN, etc., that have this convention as part of their charter, especially because most of the strong member nations abide by them.

Since we are in a coalition of the willing with member nations who have ratified this convention of laws, we must operate militarily from the same standpoint and observe the same rules as those member nations, otherwise we might be considered a rogue nation and that my dear would mean that everyone would be subject to trial under international law.

So there you have it, the 50cent response! Hope it helped!

Posted by: Michele at August 18, 2006 11:00 PM

This is what some of us call "Revisionist History", why not make history up as you want it to be? The liberal American media is a dangerous machine...

Posted by: John at August 19, 2006 10:33 AM