Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Oh, no! Not the Israeli flag! Anything but that!

In case you missed it in yesterday's Washington Post (I first saw it reprinted in today's Maariv:

FBI Agents Allege Abuse of Detainees at Guantanamo Bay detainee was wrapped in an Israeli flag and bombarded with loud music in an apparent attempt to soften his resistance to interrogation.

Fortunately, some Arabs consider it an honor to be wrapped in an Israeli flag. (Welcome home, Azzam!)


DovBear said...

It may not be torture, but It's a violation of the Geneva Conventions. But that wasn't the biggest thing mentioned in that story...

Zman Biur said...

I still find it amusing that the Israeli flag can be viewed as an instrument of torture.

And the Geneva Convention only applies to uniformed soldiers of armies of treaty signatories, not to guerrillas, terrorists or what-have-you. It's a two-way street: you play by the rules, we play by the same rules.

DovBear said...

::It's a two-way street: you play by the rules, we play by the same rules.::

What does that mean? morality, respect for law, decency, and fair play goes out the window if we *think* the other side didn't play fair?

Amazing. In it's moral corruption, I mean.

Zman Biur said...

Not if "we think the other side didn't play fair." If the other side is not observing the provisions of the relevant law - that is, the Geneva Convention itself.

The Geneva Convention was not designed to grant advantages to terrorists by allowing them to ignore its provisions while at the same time enjoying their protection.