Friday, July 18, 2008

Rescuing hostages a violation of the Geneva Convention

Interesting article from Catholic World News;
Colombian hostage rescue violated Geneva accord

Bogota, Jul. 17, 2008 ( - Colombia's President Alvaro Uribe has admitted that during a dramatic July 2 rescue mission in which 15 hostages were liberated from their guerrilla captors, one Colombian soldier wore a Red Cross emblem: a violation of the Geneva Conventions.

President Uribe said that he had contacted Red Cross officials to apologize for the move. He said that an individual soldier wore the Red Cross insignia, "contradicting official orders," in a misguided effort to complete the deception of the guerrillas who were holding the hostages.

Red Cross officials have welcomed Uribe's apology, explaining that it is crucial to the group's work to protect its neutrality, and clarify that "we played no part in this operation." The wearing of Red Cross insignia by soldiers is forbidden under international law in order to preserve Red Cross workers from suspicion that they might be soldiers in disguise.

In the July 2 rescue mission, Colombian soldiers successfully persuaded troops of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia that they were allies, arranging a prisoner transfer.
As far as I'm concerned, the Colombian troops could have dressed up like Maryknoll Sisters... if that's what it took to rescue the hostages from the Communist terrorists.

I take that back, Maryknollers would have saddled-up with the Communists.


Blogger Vir Speluncae Orthodoxae said...

Well the problem is that they'll shoot Red Cross workers on site thinking they might be spies.

7:21 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

I understand your concern, but consider this -- what makes anyone believe that the Communists would show any Red Cross personnel any respect to begin with?

7:49 PM  
Blogger ignorant redneck said...

Ummm-aren't most maryknoll sisters communists?

11:07 PM  
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1:28 AM  

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