posted on Jun, 3 2009 @ 01:27 PM
Before the Geneva Conventions, even before there was a Constitution or a Bill of Rights, George Washington himself stood against American soldiers
torturing enemy soldiers.
"Should any American soldier be so base and infamous as to injure any [prisoner]. . . I do most earnestly enjoin you to bring him to such severe and
exemplary punishment as the enormity of the crime may require. Should it extend to death itself, it will not be disproportional to its guilt at such a
time and in such a cause… for by such conduct they bring shame, disgrace and ruin to themselves and their country."
"Treat them with humanity, and let them have no reason to complain of our copying the brutal example of the British Army in their treatment of our
unfortunate brethren who have fallen into their hands."
I believe in taking the high road. Why? Because when you take the high road regarding an enemy soldier you show them your compassion. You show them
that you value human life whether they be your adversary or not.
How does this help? Because the enemy soldiers who are brainwashed into thinking the enemy is a cruel, unjust, and inhumane one who wants nothing
other than to kill you, treating them with just a little compassion proves that they have been taught wrong.
Think about it. These men and women and even children that we throw into these prisons have had it pounded into their thoughts that Americans want
nothing more than to hurt them and even kill them. When we capture them and do that, we just proved that is our motive. But if we show that, even
though we are in a war against them, we can treat them with respect and acknowledge them as a fellow human being they will see that they have been
lied to. They might even be so inclined to help us out in the long run.
When the Americans captured German soldiers fighting for the British Empire, many of them wound up joining us and even stayed in America.
Could you imagine? Showing the enemy that we aren't a bunch of thugs and showing them how much better life is in America because we treat people and
life with respect? We don't force you to do this or do that and brainwash you into hating. Could you imagine the enemy then deciding to fight for
Doing the opposite only creates even more enemies. If we take the high road, the enemy runs out of people that support their cause and they may even
wind up fighting for us.
Now that is some good war logistics right there. How could we lose?