ou ignore the Geneva conventions which the terrorists don't subscribe to.
Prepare to be educated: "The Geneva Conventions are multilateral, international treaties. This means that they bind only those nation-states that have signed, ratified, and deposited their ratification with the United Nations"
Thank you teacher, the point is a set of guidelines exists to follow for human rights in war. So America is the big bad but follows them. Terrorists use violence on anyone, enemy or civilian, and because they are not a country they do not follow these guidelines. These are good guidelines after all, right?
The point is that a ragtag group of militants killed thousands of civilians on 9/11 and have tried over and over since then.
OK, get ready for MIND:BLOWN...maybe we should try to figure out why they hate us and want to kill us? Maybe they're not fond of our foreign policy which oppresses many third world, specifically Muslim and Arab countries. Maybe it's the undying support for Israel, who has a worse human rights record than nearly any other country of the past 50 years. Maybe they don't care for their countries to be invaded by external powers, so their natural resources can be exported. It could be a lot of things. One thing it is not...they don't hate us for our freedoms. If any of your news sources tell you that, turn them off and read a book instead, because that specific channel is filled with morons.
I heard that same logic about the Bostom bombers, that they felt out of place and unloved. Who is they? This isn't a country remember, we established that these terrorists are independent. These are a small group that are opposing us. So did they organize and try to work something out? I am all for talking, compromises, did they try that. Because there have been disagreements between countries and sometimes things are handled in a civil way. But if they decided they needed to get our attention through violent means than their "demands" are kinda going on the back burner. Violence is usually a last resort, I must have missed Al-Queda at the UN meetings, I guess since they are a splinter group they didn't get a desk. While I get that we have done some bad things, I think the response was no different than a country attacking us, lobbing a few missles at us. We responded with force, there was no peaceful attempt, they don't like us working with Israel, to bad. I don't recall leading up to 9/11, the US being called out by the UN or any country for breaking any laws, yet I do recall us working with the UN after 9/11.
I guess they also don't like Spain or the UK, or Istanbul, or any of the other countries they attack. They are in Pakistan, Yemen, Morocco, Tunisia, damn a lot of countries must be bastards like us and they, hate HATE Israel, Well I guess other countries fucked up to, either they are just as bad as us, or we are dealing with an irrational threat that kills out of hate, or maybe they don't like whites, who know, who cares. Have they ever wanted to make demands, to have us leave in exchange for peace?
Those captured are either soldiers of Al-Queda or are working with them and have intelligence. You can't excuse what one side does to their hostages because of the age, organizational structure, philosophy or some other reasoning
Do tell...what's a "soldier" of al Qaeda. What does their uniform look like? What gets issued? Who's their chain of command? What international organizations do they belong to.
Let me respond with a question, What did the Confederate Army of the South's uniform look like, were they issued or was their no standard? Guess they weren't soldiers, they were what then?
Of course you can hold to a different standard what one side does. That's what the Geneva Convention is all about. You should expect better from organized world superpowers than you do from...Belize. I expect better global actions from American, than I do Belize. We have the power, the resources, and the ability to harm the world far greater than Belize. If that's true with respect to Belize, then what if we start comparing to a band of terrorists who live in various regions around the world, inside of other countries?
There's a difference between what you can expect of a country in terms of power, resources etc, and treatment of prisoners, which is all my original post was about. You are taking this in a completely different direction. Excusing a side because of it's social or economic status in regards to treatment of POW"S is foolish. You are basically giving them a pass to take a soldier or civilian hostage and executing them for no logical reason as acceptable. You are advocating murder as acceptable because of a countries status as a world power. That speaks volumes of your "intelligence" you seem so proud of. You treat them like children who don't know any better than adults who are serial killers.
even though the US isn't actively engaged in what can be called terrorism, and is working with the governments of these countries in order to eliminate the threat.
That's open for ENORMOUS debate, and one that frankly, I don't think you have the background to be able to intelligently go in to. I would suggest that flying drones over neighborhoods in Yemen and killing civilians as collateral damage is outright terrorism. I would suggest that invading countries on falsified charges (WMDs) is terrorism. Remind me when and where I said God Bless Al Qaeda? I simply said that I expect less from them, than I do the US.
The US as terrorists belongs in its own thread. I am aware of what we do, I've said numerous times I am against drone strikes, something this administration continues to this day. Everything you bring up in that statement is valid, still your "intelligent" argument fails to reason how "I expect less from them" means you excuse them for the human rights violations they've done to hostages And going back to the video in the OP, how you seem more outraged at our response to dying prisoners vs. your casual attitude and accountability to nations or groups that murder civilians.