s skippy the bush kangaroo: the reality-making business can be a real bitch sometimes...

skippy the bush kangaroo



Friday, July 28, 2006

the reality-making business can be a real bitch sometimes...

in 1996, a bill known as the war crimes act was passed by both bodies of congress and signed into law by then-president bill clinton. the act essentially reinforces the rules of wartime conduct as spelled out by the geneva conventions. from the washpost:

...the law's legislative sponsor is one of the house's most conservative members, rep. walter b. jones jr. (r-n.c.). he proposed it after a chance meeing with a retired navy pilot who had spent six years in the notorious "hanoi hilton," a vietnamese prison camp. the converstaion left jones angry about washington's inability to prosecute the pilot's abusers.

jones's legislation for the first time imposed criminal penalties in the united states for breaches of the geneva conventions, which protected detainees anywhere. the defense department's deputy general counsel at the time declared at the sole hearing on it in 1996 -- attended by just two lawmakers -- that "we fully support the purposes of the bill," and urged its expansion to cover a wider range of war crimes. the republican-controlled house passed the bill by voice vote, and the senate approved it by unanimous consent...


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ah, but that was then. 9/11 changed everything, you see. and awol, having finally been handed a worthwhile mission in life courtesy of osama bin laden and al-qaida, became responsible for defending the united staes against its sworn, bloodthirsty enemies. he knew he had to fight back -- he had, in fact, no alternative.

the thing is, when defending your country, you should try your best to defend it according to your country's own laws -- even if this turns into a big pain in your ass, it shows everybody that you are serious. it gives you quite a bit of credence and some extra leverage in dealing with your enemy as well, because defending your country on your country's own terms is both a requirement of effective leadership and a strong sign of integrity. furthermore, if you look over the history of humankind, you will notice that it all boils down to three words: progress, not regress. it's a very good thing that our founding fathers just happened to be observant students of history -- as a result, the american liberties we presently take for granted are, to a deep extent, predicated on the progress-not-regress language contained in the constitution. if awol had sufficient common sense, he'd know that upholding our laws and preserving our liberties are equal and indispensible goals in the fight against terrorism.

so what happens on his watch? his administration tries to undermine the war crimes act to protect him and his oh-so-loyal minions from any and all threats of prosecution for war criminality...

(full version at bloggingwhore's medley...)
posted by Jim Yeager at 1:58 PM |

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