Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Detainees to Get Geneva Conventions Protections

What will this mean? Less intel gathering, and more enemies killed in battle rather than captured because there's no reason to capture them. Once again, we're seeing unintended consequences of extending Geneva Conventions provisions to those who refuse to provide any such protections to those civilians among whom the terrorists and insurgents operate, to any coalition soldiers whom they capture, or otherwise purposefully target civilians to inflict the maximum number of casualties.

Ralph Peters said it best yesterday: Kill Don't Capture. Not only will US and coalition forces not have to risk their own lives to capture terrorists or insurgents, but they can now focus on killing terrorists. However, this will come at a cost in lost intel gathering capabilities because some lawyers believe that terrorists are entitled to Geneva Convention protections.

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