You are viewing an obsolete version of the DU website which is no longer supported by the Administrators. Visit The New DU.
Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login

Reply #55: Even were they still alive, [View All]

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009) Donate to DU
Igel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-20-06 05:12 PM
Response to Reply #30
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.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top

Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009) Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators

Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC