The Geneva Conventions and Protocols

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sat, 08 Mar 2003 13:00:00 GMT
From birdman:
"America is great because it is good. If America ever ceases to be good, it will cease to be great." -- Alex de Toqueville

From kaba:

"I am a retired policeman and firearms instructor, and I believe in gun control. Responsible gun owners should be able to hit where they are aiming." -- Donald E. Clem

Kim du Toit - The Ultimate Goblin-Stopper - Mr. du Toit introduces the .700 Hernandez. Now nobody can call him a recoil wimp. Hehe. Photo at the linked page. My spreadsheet says this is 42,905 foot pounds of muzzle energy. S&W's new hand cannon is under 3,000. Most rifles are below 4,000. A max-loaded .50 BMG, 660 grains at 3080 fps, generates only 13,900 foot pounds. Somehow I doubt that anyone will be able to build a gun for Mr. du Toit's new cartridge that won't blow up when fired. [kimdutoit]

Basically, it consists of a 2,500gr. bullet, driven by 250 grains of Alliance Red Dot powder, leading to a muzzle velocity of 2,780 fps and a terminal energy of "who cares?" ft-lbs.

I like the fact that you can fit pretty much the entire .44 Mag bullet into the .700's hollowpoint cavity.

Now all I need is someone (Ruger? Freedom Arms? anyone?) to make a revolver for it.

International Committee for the Red Cross - 1949 Conventions and 1977 Protocols - Full Text - the full text of the four Geneva Conventions and the two 1977 protocols. Since I've been making reference to the Geneva Convention of late, I figured I should actually read it. Turns out that it is a them. I skimmed convention IV, "relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War" and Protocol 1, "relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts." Part IV of Protocol 1 forbids attacking the civilian population and objects necessary to their survival.

Art 54. Protection of objects indispensable to the survival of the civilian population

1. Starvation of civilians as a method of warfare is prohibited.

2. It is prohibited to attack, destroy, remove or render useless objects indispensable to the survival of the civilian population, such as food-stuffs, agricultural areas for the production of food-stuffs, crops, livestock, drinking water installations and supplies and irrigation works, for the specific purpose of denying them for their sustenance value to the civilian population or to the adverse Party, whatever the motive, whether in order to starve out civilians, to cause them to move away, or for any other motive.

Liz Michael - New Constitution of the Confederate States of America - I haven't read this whole thing yet, but it looks better than the U.S. Constitution, though quite a bit longer. I believe this is part of Ms. Michael's program to determine what to do after we shoot the bastards, or after, as Bill Stone says, they slink away because no one is paying any attention to them any more. Make sure you check out the rest of the New Confederacy site, available via links at the bottom of the Constitution. [lizmichael]

Henrietta Bowman at Sierra Times - Standing Tall - kudos to Ether Zone for their endorsement of Ron Paul for president in 2004. Now if we can just convince Dr. Paul to run. Includes links to Ether Zone articles going into more depth. [sierra]

Today, EZ has the following announcement on their homepage: "The Board of Directors of, America's preeminent constitutionalist political Web magazine, announces today its support of a Ron Paul/Tom Tancredo Presidential ticket in 2004. It is the unanimous opinion of EtherZone that should President George W. Bush be allowed to serve another term, our Constitutional republic and the liberties granted to the citizenry by God and our Founders could well be destroyed. We therefore urge that a referendum be held on the George W. Bush presidency, and that he should face a Republican Party primary challenge by Paul and Tancredo, and, if necessary, a united third-party challenge in the general election by the same honorable statesmen."

Charles Sebrell at - Adolf Hussein? - why comparing Hussein with Hitler is grossly inaccurate. [trt-ny]

Always on the lookout for sympathy, the warmongers have added a twist to their emotional appeals. Their original demands were to destroy Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, then they demanded a regime change. They have now added that the allies (the best allies money can buy) are there to liberate the Iraqi people. I have no doubt the Iraqi people will be liberated alright, they'll be liberated of 20 billion barrels of oil.

Joseph Sobran - France and the Bush Doctrine - Instead of making fun of the French, America would do well to listen to them. Their's just might be the rational perspective. [trt-ny]

Anti-American? When the terrorists struck on 9/11, a Parisian paper ran the headline "We are all Americans today." That instant, generous sympathy spoke for most of Europe -- the people who are now accused of hating America. Maybe it's just that America -- Bush's America -- has badly overtaxed their patience in the ensuing months.

The other day, one of our semiliterate conservatives accused the French of "appeasing Hitler." Well, they did surrender to him -- but only after losing 100,000 men in a few weeks of furious fighting. Cowards?

You can now make nasty generalizations about the French in polite society that would be called bigoted if you said them about anyone else. But even this is a sign of our grudging respect for them. They don't see themselves as victims, but as responsible, civilized people with a matchless record of cultural achievement. That is exactly what they are, and that is how we think of them, even when we abuse them. They have too much dignity to be wounded by American sneers.

Anyway, nobody can out-sneer the French. They aren't always tender about other people's feelings, as I learned when dealing with a Parisian policeman, but this is largely because they put objective reality ahead of emotions and have limited patience with euphemisms. This is another reason why we should pay attention when they criticize us. They may be telling us something we need to hear about ourselves.

Thomas P.M. Barnett at Esquire via The U.S. Navy War College - The Pentagon's New Map - some theory behind the war hawks' actions. [grabbe]

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