March 10, 2012

IF THAT WERE TRUE WHAT WOULD BE WRONG WITH PROFILING?:

REVIEW: Justice and the Enemy, By William Shawcross (ZIAUDDIN SARDAR   FRIDAY 09 MARCH 2012, Independent)

Shawcross has no notion of context. There is no awareness of the fact that despotic regimes in the Muslim world have been imposed and supported by the West. There is not even a hint of the possibility that some people may have genuine grievances against the US. The world is divided into evil doers and angelic America. And the way of Bush is the only way to deal with those who stand up to the US. Obama is praised where he agrees with Bush; and condemned where he disagrees.

It may be "war on terror" but the terrorists themselves are not prisoners of war. Since the Taliban, as Bush declared, "represent no nation, they defend no territory, and they wear no uniform", they are "unlawful combatants" and the Geneva Convention does not apply. In fact, the Taliban are a part and hence representative of a nation called Afghanistan. Their claim is probably more justified than those of the current, American-imposed, regime. They do defend a territory called Afghanistan. And they do wear a uniform, visible to all but the blind: a turban, a tribal dress, and a universally recognised beard.

Am I wrong in thinking that Mr. Sardar would be (this time justifiably) troubled if we just put in place a policy of shooting these uniformed enemy on sight since they are so easily recognizable?

And, of course, one can recognize context--like forcing an unfair peace on the German people--and still be aware that there is more context after that--allowing a Nazi regime to take over.  
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