Originally Posted by Murph Tang
How has this backfire?
What rules do they break and we adhere to?
Should we then break those rules and become what they are?
We try to deal with people by our own(western) rules, they then take this as a sign of weakness. We try to relate everything into American terms, being that we want everybody to get along, to Muslims there is no getting along. This entire 9/11 situation has been a backfire of how we deal with other cultures, I GW senior would have went the whole way, or Clinton would have sought out and punished those who attacked U.S. Soldiers in Kuwait, or the U.S.S. Cole we would not have had a 9/11 as these people would have know not to cross that line. But, we got tied up into looking like the bad guy.
Want a rule they break ok here's one
During the Land War in Iraq, the Iraq Army displayed white flags signaling that they were surrendering, the U.S. Army then rolled passed them, leaving them to the Rear Encelon Troops Following behind, these same Iraq Soldiers then open fire on the U.S. Troops as soon as their backs were to them. - Geneva Convention
As far as "US" breaking the rules, I don't see "US" behind these computer screens breaking any rules, or making a difference. It is those US Soldiers who gave up their families, and even their lives that may have to break them. So, are you going to tell them that they are wrong to their face?
It's easy to sit back and be "high and mighty", is a different thing to be on the ground, making decision that affect you and your fellow soldiers.