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An American Turning Point By Peter Dyer
An American Turning Point By Peter Dyer

If and when President Bush is impeached and removed from office, the next step should be to arrest him and the other architects of the unprovoked invasion and occupation of Iraq.

If Americans ever find the will to do this, as we once did to German aggressors, history will remember it as a turning point in international relations. It will go down as one of the most spectacular and complete affirmations of the very best of American ideals.

Such a turning point cant come soon enough. On June 13, the Pew Research Group released a poll based on interviews with 17,500 people in 15 countries including the U.S. The poll showed that people in European and Muslim countries see U.S. policy in Iraq as a bigger threat to world peace than Iran's nuclear program.

Because of the disdain of American leaders for international law, manifested so vividly in U.S. aggression in Iraq, the international moral authority of the United States is at an all-time low. The post-World War II vision of a world without war, embodied in the United Nations Charter, has never seemed more out of reach.>>>>>.snip please read the rest of the article
Geneva Conventions now ratified by all countries

Geneva - All of the world's 194 countries have now ratified the four Geneva Conventions since Nauru signed up on June 27 and Montenegro on August 2, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) announced Monday in Geneva.

The 1949 Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols of 1977 and 2005 constitute the fundamental law protecting victims of armed conflict and governing the conduct of hostilities in wartime.

The conventions regulate the treatment of casualties, prisoners of war and civilians during times of war. They also ban the use of weapons or methods of warfare which cause unnecessary suffering.

No other international agreement has found such widespread acceptance, said the ICRC.

'At a time when armed conflicts continue to take their toll on human lives and on material means of survival, it is important to reaffirm the contribution of international humanitarian law to the protection of human dignity and the preservation of humanity in the midst of war,' Jean-Philippe Lavoyer, head of the ICRC's legal division, said.>>>>>>snip
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