Monday, February 20, 2006

John Reid poses as an apologist

Reid on the application of International Law in British military operations:

"Yet our troops are increasingly constrained not just by international law and conventions, the standards we want to keep, but by media scrutiny, by videophones, by mobile phones, by satellite dishes."

Surely the increased visibility of the modern battlefield is exactly what can help to ensure adherence to International Law. If British troops adhere to what we should expect of them then they should have little to fear from greater transparency.

John Reid is straying closer and closer to the US line that the laws of war don't apply on an asymmetric battlefield. His position on this issue should be challenged at every opportunity. Failure to do so will hand Al Qaida yet another fat PR trophy. Home goals continue to be the common modus operandi in Washington and London. It has to stop.