Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Tortured Logic

Torture logic enough, and it will tell you you can torture.

One hopes that mankind is headed toward an ever more peaceful, ever more considerate world. An early implementation of this hope has been the Geneva Accords. These are a set of international mutual commitments about the use of force between nations. In particular, they distinguish between the rights of soldiers and the rights of civilians.

The United States has arbitrarily invaded a country, destroyed its previous military, and finds itself now engaged in battle with armed civilians. If they are armed, we capture them. Since they are not soldiers, we do not give them Geneva protections. We torture them.

Something slipped through the cracks, here.

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