Originally posted by Hassan i Sabbah
When I read his post, in which he was talking about upholding the values - American values - he held so dearly, I must admit I wondered at first if he was an American citizen.
And when he wrote, in the same post:
my immediate reaction was "Ah. He's a Swiss citizen."
I don't get the bit about the Swiss citizen
However, both, the U.S. and the U.K. ambassador were *called* into the Swiss Foreign Office the other day to receive, what can only be described as an allmighty bollocking, especially when one considers the normal "niceness" of the diplomatic language:Switzerland is disgusted and enraged with what has been happening. The Geneva Convention
(but then, did Bush not rather conveniently say right at the start of the "liberation" campaign that the U.S. would not recognise the G.C.?) particularly safeguards the rights of prisoners of war. Problems of the kind of Iraq are impossible to be solved alone by a super power, and with force, no matter how large that power. We cannot remain silent confronted with what is happening in Iraq. Switzerland
(and just about everyone else too, apart from the totally clueless Bush adminstration, of course) has, since the beginning of the military operation, expressed fears about the destabilisation of the region, which sadly is now becoming apparent. Power must be handed over to the Iraqui people as soon as possible, within the agreed framework of the international community and the United Nations.
(well, but we are on course there, aren't we, 1st June, no? Bush said so)
Here, for your convenience, is a quick Babel Fish translation, but then again, I am sure that Fox will have by picked up the story by now:Bundesraetin me LINE Calmy Rey has the Ambassadors of the USA and Great Britain because of the prisoner abusing in Iraq in the State Department _ such tortures is quoted inakzeptabel, said it on weekend in interviews and gave their abhorrence over the occurrences expression.
She explained to the Ambassadors, the tortures are unacceptable, said Swiss Foreign Minister on Saturday in "Tagesschau" Swiss of the television. This behavior opposite prisoners hurts humanitarian international law. Switzerland reminded the two states of the fact that those protected Geneva conventions in particular prisoners of war and to be kept are. Switzerland as Depositarstaat that Geneva conventions has a special moral obligation to use itself for their observance.
With this step Switzerland wanted to express also their concern, said a spokeswoman of the Swiss federal Departementes for foreign affairs (EDA). Switzerland pointed itself contently over the promised clearing-up of all cases of prisoner abusing to Iraq. Such crimes might not remain unpunished. "Das are procedures, to which we are not silent koennen", said opposite to Calmy Rey "SonntagsBlick". Personally it with abhorrence and rage reacted to these abusing, explained the Foreign Minister. So one cannot treat humans.
To the situation in Iraq said Calmy Rey, problems of this kind could from a weltmacht - and it might have been still so strong - not by force and in the single-handed attempt be solved. Switzerland feared the destabilization of the whole region since beginning of the military operations in Iraq. "Ich it regrets much that our Anaylse obviously erweist" itself as correct;, the Foreign Minister in "SonntagsBlick" said; further. Power in Iraq must turn into as rapidly as possible to the Iraqis, in whom of the UN and the international community marked out framework is _ much blocked, because Iraq is an occupied country, said the Foreign Minister. Switzerland cannot go beyond humanitarian assistance, so for a long time this condition andaure. _ concern over Middle East policy _ to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict said opposite to Calmy Rey "SonntagsBlick" among other things, Switzerland is anxious over the announced one-sided retreat of Israel from the Gaza Strip, which is rejected by the Palestinians. The Geneva peace initiative supported by Switzerland is the only alternative. She suggests clear principles in the spirit of the dialogue and brings solutions, which were negotiated. It is deeply convinced that a process offers like those Geneva initiative the possibility of finding an generally acceptable solution for the region said the EDA boss.http://www.swissinfo.org/sde/swissin...05&sid=4923050
In a way I am bit puzzled by the surprise expressed by so many, when the writing was quite clearly on the wall ever since Guantanomo Bay.
Rumsfeld during the hearing the other day: "And here we are, operating within the law, and then there are these
people with their digital cameras taking these terrible
pictures that we haven't even seen yet (or words to that extent)". Can't someone just shoot the guy?- T. I.