Tuesday, May 2, 2017
The Geneva Conventions were put in place to ensure prisoners of war are treated humanely as they forbid torture and cruel, degrading treatment of prisoners. I agree with Alberto J. Mora, former General Counsel of the United States Navy, that there should not be any differences in the way United States citizens and non-citizens are treated when captured. This is because I believe that to dehumanize and humiliate even the most despicable of humans does nothing more than vilify the American. I believe that as the most powerful country in the world, Americans cannot stoop to the level of terrorists and the people who we fear and despise so strongly. The use of torture is furthermore proven to be ineffective and thus, the use of torture and cruelty is nothing more than a childish show of power.