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Tuesday, June 01, 2004

shouldn't need saying... 

...but I'm glad John McCain is saying it in the WSJ where many readers might need convincing.

There are, of course, some enemies who will never be constrained by the Geneva Conventions, and who will never permit ICRC access to captured Americans. If al Qaeda beheads kidnapped Americans, some argue, why must we be bound to treat detained members of al Qaeda humanely? When the principle of reciprocity does not apply, we must instead remember the principles by which our nation conducts its affairs. America is a nation of laws, and we hold ourselves to a higher standard than those of the terrorists. We distinguish ourselves from our enemies by our treatment of our enemies. Were we to abandon the principles of wartime conduct to which we have freely committed ourselves, we would lose the moral standing that has made America unique in the world.

I'm pretty sure we alreadly lost this "moral standing".

-Daddy Brooklyn  16:07 EST | |

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