Justifying war?

Look at these torures happened during wartime..

1. Nazi occupation in Germany.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Holocaust .

quote: Initially, they tried shooting them by having them stand one behind the other, so that several people could be killed with one bullet, but it was too slow. Then they tried dynamite, but few were killed and many were left wounded with hands and legs missing, so that the Germans had to finish them off with machine guns. In October 1941, in Mogilev, they tried a Gaswagen or “gas car”. First, they used a light military car, and it took more than 30 minutes for people to die; then, they used a larger truck exhaust and it took only eight minutes to kill all the people inside.

quote:The Holocaust was carried out without any reprieve even for children or babies, and victims were often tortured before being killed. Nazis carried out deadly medical experiments on prisoners, including children. Dr. Josef Mengele, medical officer at Auschwitz and chief medical officer at Birkenau, was known as the “Angel of Death” for his medical and eugenical experiments, e.g., trying to change people’s eye color by injecting dye into their eyes.

Are these things inevitable during war time?

2. Japanese Occupation http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_Occupation_of_Singapore#Life_during_the_Occupation

quote:Japanese military’s use of rape and comfort women (women forced into sexual slavery). For instance, the Sook Ching Massacre of ethnic Chinese, including civilians who had donated to charities to aid the war effort in China, claimed between 25,000 and 50,000 lives in Malaya and Singapore.

I understood that the Japanese were much more cruel than anyone else that occupied and colonised Malaysia.

But at least those crimes were settled during the Nuremberg trials and the Tokyo trials. The Japanese apologised and are still apologising…Nazi’s are banned forever… Some of you should read ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’..it doesnt tell the brutality of war but then the book recalled the sufferings of 2 families living in the same space for few years before they were captured.

   But from the War Crimes conference, from Ms. Hana Bayaty’s speech, she said that Geneva Convention were not used to sanction the US crimes in the war because the terminologies used to brand their ‘terrorist’ were wrong! There was no insurgency because people are retaliating for their own country..insurgency should be called resistance..and if it is resistance, Geneva Convention should operate to protect the rights of prisoners of war. In fact, she said..the conquered parts of Iraq should be protected by the Convention, especially the resisting citizens..

     She argued that the US has wrongly branded them so as not to accord them a protection! War on terminologies they said. This is quite serious if it’s true, then US would have done all things in disguise for their own economic benefit.

quote:

They stressed him out so bad that the man passed away. The next day the medics came in and put his body on a stretcher, placed a fake I.V. in his arm [to suggest he died under medical care] and took him away. This OGA (other governmental agency) [prisoner] was never processed and therefore never had a number.

Ivan Frederick

Double standards, we called it. The US army can mistreat any captives or civilians, but they themselves cannot be mistreated.

A quote from a my friend:  an American citizen who was effected by the Tsunami ” How dare you treat me and house me in such conditions, i am a American Citizen ” This statement clearly disturbs me. It implies that American citizens should be given 1st class treatment. Drawing an analogy, the rights of US citizens come first. A right of life ( or should i add on right of comfort ) only applies to US citizens & its allies and not to the rest of the world. This can be seen in the trigger happy US soldiers who have no disregard for lives of innocent civilians. For a country who as preach so much about liberalism, Rule of Law and democracy, the US and its allies simply do not conform to what they preach. Double standard ??

Much like, we are facing the Western Imperialism- yesterday, today and tomorrow..Sad to say, man never learn from their pains and sufferings…or are we suffering from the Stockholm Syndrome?

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