Friday, April 07, 2006

Do the Geneva Conventions Require Updating?

British Defense Minister John Reid, as cited by Daniel Henninger in a column in today's WSJ.com Opinion Journal, raises an important question: Must the Geneva Conventions be updated in an era where our enemies are non-uniformed terrorists, often striking at civilian targets? Mr. Reid may not yet have an answer, but he is asking the right question. It is important that political correctness and fear of criticism not suppress a free and open debate on this issue. For example, whether one agrees or disagrees with Alan Dershowitz, who has argued that under some circumstances a "torture warrant" might be justified, he has fostered public debate on an important topic.

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