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Monday, February 24, 2003

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Many people in the world increasingly think President Bush is a greater threat to world peace than Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

Do tell. The above line from a Washington Post story, Bush Face Increasingly Poor Image Overseas is supposed to be news.

The Euroweenies are all up in arms about possible war with Iraq. But let some tinpot dictator start threatening their peace and security, and they can't seem to wipe their collective noses without "U.S. leadership."

Here's a good one from the UK Telegraph.

The fun part is, Saddam, by using these "human shields," even voluntarily, is in complete and total violation of the Geneva Conventions.

Convention (IV) relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War. Geneva, 12 August 1949.

Article 4:

Nationals of a neutral State who find themselves in the territory of a belligerent State, and nationals of a co-belligerent State, shall not be regarded as protected persons while the State of which they are nationals has normal diplomatic representation in the State in whose hands they are.

In other words, as long as governments of these "human shields" have normal diplomatic relations with Iraq, those civilians are NOT protected by the Geneva Conventions. But wait, it gets better.

Art. 28. The presence of a protected person may not be used to render certain points or areas immune from military operations.

The use of civilians AT ALL to prevent military attack on a given area is a complete and utter violation of the Geneva Convention. The point was reinforced in the 1977 Additional Protocols:

Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts (Protocol I), 8 June 1977.

Article 51

7. The presence or movements of the civilian population or individual civilians shall not be used to render certain points or areas immune from military operations, in particular in attempts to shield military objectives from attacks or to shield, favour or impede military operations. The Parties to the conflict shall not direct the movement of the civilian population or individual civilians in order to attempt to shield military objectives from attacks or to shield military operations.

"Today's report confirms that, despite White House scare tactics, Social Security remains sound for decades to come.."

-? Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (NV) upon hearing reports that the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds will go bankrupt even earlier than predicted.

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