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Igel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-20-06 05:12 PM
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55. Even were they still alive,
POW is a term that has two meanings. One is appropriate, if we're at war; the other is impossible.

The first: they're prisoners, captured in war. Sort of a generic term, equal to 'war prisoners'. Not what's meant when we talk about POWs in Guantanamo.

The second: a status as defined by the Geneva Conventions. It's precisely why we talk about Gitmo and POWs, and precisely why * does not refer to the detainees as POWs. But, alas, the Iraqis can have no POWs in this sense, because the Geneva Conventions have no relevance for them. They are voluntary, and require a signature before they are relevant.
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