Discourses of Difference: Civilians, Combatants, and Compliance with the Laws of War

TitleDiscourses of Difference: Civilians, Combatants, and Compliance with the Laws of War
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsKinsella, Helen M.
JournalReview of International Studies
Volume31
IssueS1
Start Page163
Pagination163 - 185
Date Published12/2005
Abstract

Why have President Bush and his administration consistently, and publicly, stated their commitment to fully comply with the laws of war protecting civilians while, simultaneously, refusing to fully comply with the laws of war protecting prisoners of war? How do we understand President Bush and his administration’s unquestioning acceptance of the protection of civilians, but the rejection of the same for prisoners of war? Are the strategic and normative costs of each so dissimilar as to justify this difference? Considering the recent exposé of abuses and torture of prisoners of war held in both Iraq and Cuba, the answers to these questions are not merely academic.

URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0260210505006844
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