The Null Device
We are McWorld. Don't fuck with us.
Human-rights groups and other commie-mutant-traitor-scum have been
criticising the US's treatment of Taliban prisoners
held at the
Guantanamo prison facility. The US insists that the prisoners are not POWs
but "unlawful combatants", and thus not subject to the Geneva Convention.
Mind you, the Geneva Convention asserts that prisoners are POWs unless judged
otherwise by a court, and says nothing about any "unlawful combatant" category.
Then again, this is the US, a world power too powerful and important to allow
itself to be bound by inconvenient international treaties.
For the moment, the US doesn't need treaties to ensure its security, as it has
unchallenged military might. They don't need to treat others with respect to command respect; they command respect through fear, because they can rain death from above on anybody who gets in their way.
(Though wait until, in the Sino-American War of the 2020s, the Chinese start taking
US POWs; then they'll probably wish they hadn't torn up the Geneva Convention
when they had the choice.)
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