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Torturing the Geneva Convention

Posted by musliminsuffer on April 6, 2008

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Torturing the Geneva Convention

Khaleej Times – 06 April, 2008

There must be a growing chill in the US Congress as the recent release of the full text of a March 14, 2003 memo confirms that the assault on prized US principles, international humanitarian laws and the Geneva Convention found sanction from the highest echelons of the neocon White House.

Observers will remember how the Pentagon tried to brush the issue under the carpet when the memo’s general contents were revealed in ’04, attempting to strip the subject of relevance by implying it was no longer operative. Information coming this week, though, understandably shook lawmakers and the public alike, confirming government complicity in the most savage offensive on core principles, US domestic and international, followed by straight face lies on the part of the government to escape embarrassment.

The question staring America square in the face now is obvious; how much more did the government lie about? Saddam’s fabled WMDs, Iraq’s ties with Al Qaeda, US torture techniques to extract information, all go to show Washington didn’t lose much sleep over feeding lies to Americans as well as the international audience to achieve its own goals in a war that goes on with no end in sight. To make matters worse, the Bush administration has practically nothing to show for departure from the norm as the situation goes from bad to worse in both Afghanistan and Iraq.

Significantly, it has been pretty well known since Abu Ghraib that illegal torture had been sanctioned by senior Bush administration officials. However, it has now been confirmed that they also planned a lengthy strategy to protect themselves from prosecution should their antics be exposed, which started happening when disturbing torture pictures made headlines.

The latest developments, while rightly causing all and sundry to suspect more wrongdoing on part of Bush and Co, also raise the question of what is to happen next now that both breaking the law and lying about it have been established on the part of the president and his men. It needs little emphasising that the matter is made much more serious because of the millions that have met death, pain, misery, torture, rape, etc, because of a policy that banked on blatant lies and misuse of power to be legitimised. Now, not only those who have had to bear the brunt of Washington’s misgivings directly, but also those who cried hoarse trying to knock sense into things, will be out for blood as they stand vindicated.

There must be some sort of payback, some sort of legal process, lest the impression is left that the world’s most powerful people can get away with anything, even savagery.



-muslim voice-

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