Is Canada ready for our next PoW?

Nov. 14 2016. This thought-provoking article addresses one of the realities of modern warfare/crisis management. Yet, military history is replete with accounts of gross disregard for the Geneva Convention by the military forces of legitimate states. Part of the problem identified in the article is, simply, that in modern warfare and crisis management the adversaries are frequently not states but bands of criminals who are not bound by the Geneva Convention. In contrast, the military forces sent to constrain those non-state belligerents are required to operate within the provisions of the Convention. Are we asking our peacemakers and peacekeepers to operate with one hand tied behind their backs? This is not a new issue, but it is one that demands full discussion especially before a new deployment while there is still an opportunity to write appropriate rules of engagement.


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