Thursday, May 26, 2005

Amnesty International, a/k/a Al Qaeda Service Organization

Amnesty International’s Secretary General, an Irene Khan, has called the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba the “gulag of our times” and denounced the United States as the “unrivaled political, military and economic hyper-power” which “thumbs its nose at the rule of law and human rights.” Ms. Khan denounced the Bush administration for going “…to great lengths to restrict the application of the Geneva Conventions.”

Hmmm, I like the “unrivaled political, military and economic hyper-power” thing. Thanks Irene. Long may that situation endure. As for the poor innocent inmates of Guantanamo, my heart weeps; they’re lucky they haven’t been given the last cigarette and stuck up against the wall.

As Ms. Khan knows, or should know, perfectly well, the Geneva Conventions do not apply to the vermin at Guantanamo. The relevant document, “the Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War” (1949) provides, at Article 4(2), that persons are considered combatants, and entitled to be treated as Prisoners of War so long as (1) they are commanded by a person legally responsible for his subordinates; and, (2) they have a fixed distinctive insignia recognizable at a distance; and, (3) they carry arms openly; and, finally (4) they conduct their operations “in accordance with the laws and customs of war.”

So sorry, that definition doesn’t cover our little Al Qaeda friends at Guantanamo, who ram airplanes into buildings, certainly have no insignia recognizable at a distance, and do not carry arms openly. Claiming otherwise, as Ms. Khan and her ilk to, is both naïve and stupid, or more likely, an attempt at a power grab by self interested lawyers and bureaucrats for themselves. It also advances the cherished goal of do-gooders here and throughout the world of hobbling the United States.
"Gulag" indeed. I suspect the good Ms. Khan wouldn't know the gulag from Six Flags. Too bad Guantanamo is not the Gulag, because the Gulag is no better then those sewer rats deserve. The scumbags at Guantanamo are nothing but pirates and brigands completely outside the law. Crucifixion would be too good for them. I suppose we can't do that, but the US government would be perfectly justified in hanging the aforementioned scumbags from the nearest tree, and hopefully it does so quickly.
UPDATE: Go read Dymphna's post "Fisking Amnesty International" at the Gates of Vienna blog, here. Dymphna detailed examination of AI's bloviations shows how utterly contemptable absurd and dangerous the AI/PC International Do-Gooder claque really is.

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