During a discussion on Fox News about “mirandizing” terrorist suspects, and the treatment of Taliban and Al-Qaeda prisoners, Glenn Beck, said Taliban and Al-Qaeda prisoners should be shot in the head.
Beck’s comments on shooting prisoners was a reaction to the capture of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the military leader of the Afghanistan Taliban, and second only to the group’s leader Mullah Omar. Beck said Baradar should be tortured and then shot in the head.
Isn’t this what the Nazis did to POWs and the resistance in countries they invaded and occupied?
Under the Geneva Conventions – of which the United States is a signatory – “Persons taking no active part in the hostilities, including members of armed forces who have laid down their arms and those placed hors de combat by sickness, wounds, detention, or any other cause, shall in all circumstances be treated humanely”.
Translated, the French term hors de combat means a soldier who is incapable of performing a military function; Baradar was arrested in a slum in the Pakistani city of Karachi. He was not on the battlefield and not engaged in a military function at the time of his capture.
Of course, for Beck – who in spite of what he claims, is not a constitutionalist or patriot — the facts surrounding Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar are irrelevant. He should be tortured and then promptly shot in the head.