Lessons learned from the war
The Geneva Conventions define the following actions as war crimes - "murder, ill treatment of civilian population of or in occupied territory; murder or ill treatment of prisoners of war of public or private property, wanton destruction of cities, towns or villages."
By Mike Leutgeb Munson / Winona
In Article 35 the document expands to say, "In any armed conflict, the right of parties to choose methods or means of warfare is not unlimited. It is prohibited to employ methods or means of warfare which are intended, or may be expected, to cause widespread, long-term and severe damage to the environment."
We know of the United States' use of indiscriminant cluster bombs, environmentally disastrous radioactive depleted uranium munitions, torture and sexual humiliation in detention centers in Iraq. Thus we are implored by the signers of the Geneva Conventions and the framers of the Nuremburg Principles, if not bound by international law, to intervene in order to end this crime against humanity.
The Nuremberg Principles proclaim, "individuals have international duties which transcend national obligations of obedience." What do these duties look like in regards to the war in Iraq? How do we respond to crimes of war being committed today?
I suggest that we stop condoning the crimes being committed in our name and call for an end to the Iraq war. The first step to take is to end military recruitment in our schools and in our town.
Von: www.winonadailynews.com, 02.03.2008