Sunday, July 02, 2006

Stupid is as stupid does

Steyn explains why Justice Stevens (which has become an oxymoron) is completely clueless.
al-Qaida never need to sign the Conventions now, do they? As the ultimate beneficiaries of the progressive mindset, they get all the benefits with none of the obligations. We're bound, they're not. If you're captured with the severed head of a U.S. soldier in your knapsack, you're covered by Geneva -- and, as your victim learned a mile back up the road, it's too late for him to call his lawyer.

In the broader scheme, Justice Stevens and co, in torturing the language to explain why the international jihad is not "international," have paradoxically conferred quasi-sovereignty on al-Qaida and its affiliates. The obvious question then is: doesn't that also apply to every other "non-state actor" out there? When Hezbollah blew up that Jewish community center and killed 100 people in Buenos Aires in 1994, surely that too was (as Justice Stevens would see it) an "armed conflict not of an international character occurring in the territory of one of the High Contracting States." In fact, under this definition, what isn't?


Blogger Ol' BC said...

Stevens is a nutcase. However, there is some belief that he will retire under Dubya as he was appointed by a GOP president, even though he has lived in lala land for some time.

1:05 PM, July 05, 2006  

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