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Old 03-24-2003, 07:03 AM   #16
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Yes, EVERY death in this war IS a tragedy..no one has stated otherwise in this thread.

Yes, God Bless the POW's, and I THANK them, and all the men and women in our military.

What a surprise that Iraq would violate the Geneva convention

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Old 03-24-2003, 07:47 AM   #17
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yes Speed, I just saw the words 'Check our Porn sites' and immediately closed it up!

dont **** about!

The pictures of the dead American soldiers from al-Jazeera's broadcast of the Iraqi government's videotape were there when I posted the link. Other forum readers can vouch for this. (One soldier was shot right between the eyes; I doubt that wound was suffered in combat.)

Apparently that site is no longer showing those pictures. But it's no longer necessary, since CNN has broadcast some of those images.

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Old 03-24-2003, 08:27 AM   #18
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God bless them. I don't know whether I'd have the guts to give up my life for my country, but these men and women did, and they are heroes.

Every life lost in this war is just that - a life, whether Iraqi, American, British or whatever. Let's hope the war will be swift, and that peace will return soon.
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Old 03-24-2003, 07:47 PM   #19
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I'm so sorry for all the families of soldiers, especially the POWs and MIAs
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Old 03-24-2003, 08:24 PM   #20
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Hello all. I've been crying a lot the past day or so thinking about these poor scared boys. As a member of Amnesty, I wrote them and asked what they are doing. Amnesty has issued a statement insisting that all sides honor the Geneva Conventions but of course it's toothless. I want a much stronger statement from them and am getting ready to write to tell them that.

Will you join me?

Let Amnesty know we want them to do what they do best! At the least, we can see the war criminals who are doing this treated as such.


Thanks, and my prayers join yours.

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Old 03-25-2003, 03:49 AM   #21
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I'm a member of Amnesty as well. They will however not take sides in this conflict which is an admirable standpoint. I think the statement urging both sides to operate according to the Geneva convention is about all they can do? Iraq is unlikely to just say "ok", and give in.

I think both sides should refrain from showing PoWs on TV, and should refrain from crying foul when they are not so innocent themselves. Iraqi soldiers have also been shown surrendering.

Here is the Amnesty statement (from Amnesty.org.uk)

Iraq/USA: Amnesty International calls for fair treatment for all prisoners of war

The Iraqi authorities must treat all prisoners of war in full accordance with the Third Geneva Convention, Amnesty International said today.

The organisation said the recent broadcast on Iraqi television of captured US soldiers is a breach of the Convention.

The Third Geneva Convention of 1949 states that prisoners of war:

* should not be subject to torture or other degrading treatment;
* should not be kept in a dangerous conflict zone;
* should not be subject to "insult" or "public curiosity"; and
* should have access to the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Amnesty International called on all parties to the conflict to abide by international law at all times.

UK Director of Amnesty International, Kate Allen, said:

"All parties in the current conflict in Iraq are signatories of the Third Geneva Convention and as such are bound to the proper treatment of any prisoners of war. Amnesty International is particularly concerned that the broadcast of images of prisoners of war on television breaches Article 13 of the Convention."

The Third Geneva Convention is a cornerstone of both the laws of war and international human rights law. It has very few non-signatories and the breaking of it is consequently regarded as very serious by the international community. Amnesty International has also called on the media to ensure that the dignity of all prisoners of war, whether Iraqi, US or other, is respected in its coverage of the conflict.

Kate Allen added:

"States cannot pick and choose which treaties and conventions to abide by and when. The credibility and viability of international human rights law is dependent on compliance by all parties to all provisions at all times."

The continuing detention of more than 600 prisoners by the US in Guantanamo Bay is a matter of continuing grave concern for Amnesty International. These detainees have not been recognised as prisoners of war, have not been charged and have had no access to legal counsel. They remain in a legal limbo and their situation needs urgent attention.
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Old 03-25-2003, 10:36 AM   #22
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that's a great idea cheryl. i'm a member of amnesty as well and i will try and put a letter together later today.
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