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I’m not convninced I agree with Thiessen’s controversial position, but he does a pretty good job of offering it.
He makes the point in his book that Geneva Conventions were developed primarily in order to give combatants a set of rules to follow in order to be considered lawful combatants for the purpose of providing a motive to protect innocent non-combatants during armed conflicts.
Most of us don’t see Geneva that way. We see it as a set of rules to treat combatants humanely because it is right to do so.
I suppose if one accepts Theissen’s premise, then the denial of Geneva protection for terrorists is not just convenient, but necessary.
What I’d really like to see is Mark Shea interviewing Thiessen. That would be some fireworks show.
Or Glenn Greenwald!
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