Despite your past record as a serving military officer in Angola: the above expression of pomposity only reveals just how little knowledge you have about the lack of chivalry in modern warfareSertorio wrote: ↑Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:07 am
Very funny! A POW is still a person with rights, who may be guilty or innocent of crimes. Being a POW - which I dispute - could never be an excuse to deny people their basic rights. But you - like your American masters - will use any excuses, no matter how bad, to oppress those who oppose your imperialistic designs.
Are you aware that during the Second World War the Japanese routinely used captive allied prisoners of war as slave labor on projects like the infamous Burma railway? As for food and medical care the POW's were pretty-well left to fend for themselves - they ate weeds and rats to survive.
By the standards of the WW2 Japanese Imperial Army that actually passed for an act of mercy. If they captured an Asian soldier (say a Chinese nationalist one) I believe that the only use they usually had for him was a cruel death by live bayonet practice drill.
When called to account after the war the Japanese hid behind the legalism "we never signed the Geneva convention on the rights of POW's." It seems to never have occurred to the Japanese that even in the absence of such a legal constraint still did not relieve them of the moral obligation to treat enemy captives with respect.
Then there was the Soviet Union's treatment of German POW's and Nazi Germany's treatment of Russian POW's during the same global conflict. The former were sent off to the GULAG camps to be worked to death as slave laborers and the latter to the Third Reich's extermination camps as sub-humans - fit only for extermination.
I could go on and on covering outrages committed even in more recent conflicts but what is the use? The point is that if you become a POW in enemy hands the only rights you have are those that your captors are willing to extend to you. You are entirely at their mercy.
In that regard the record of the United States, though somewhat flawed, is still a vast improvement on the conduct of the above mentioned rogue states and dozens of lesser ones. At least the Yanks normally strive to abide by the Geneva convention even while the enemies they wage war against don't.
Just because your home country of Portugal was not embroiled in any of the above conflicts is still no excuse for you to maintain a state of innocence over the fact that these travesties went on. The narcissism you give vent to based upon ignorance is frankly infuriating.