• gunnerv1

    So where’s the Doc.?

  • Navyjag907

    Subsequent to wars and disputes we and the Brits and others have bent over backwards to tidy things up with regard to possible claims or lawsuits against foreign countries, entities, and corporations, generally by barring such actions even when the injuries are substantial, funds are available to pay claims and lawsuits, and the actions of possible defendants have been horrific. I would have no problem with this approach if the US Government had been amenable to pay substantial sums to people like POWs who worked as slave labor for Japanese corporations during WWII or the Iran Hostages or the POWs abused by North Vietnam but the USG and others have always taken the cheap route. Consequently, corporations like Mitsubishi and Siemens escape liability for really heinous acts which in any competent court would result in inter alia former POWs/slave laborers receiving substantial payments. When the USG sets the limit at an ex gratia payment of $50 per day of confinement for the Iran hostages (not even the maximum per diem payment in effect for its employees at the time), that strikes me as grossly unfair. The governmental actions have their justifications which can usually be summed up as convenience for all the parties excepting those who have been harmed . However, they don’t take into account the bad feelings and adverse publicity that continue for decades. I think, for example, the Japanese Government would have been much better off in the long run had it paid substantial sums to the Korean “Comfort Women” or the British POWs who turned their back on the Japanese Emperor during a state visit to the UK. As something to think about, what real benefit was realized when the Iranian hostages were prevented from seizing certain Iranian assets to pay their claims? Why was the USG so careful to limit Mitsubishi’s tort liability vis a vis their American slave laborers? The answers of convenience and sum certain limits on liability do not really match the continued issues of events like the Nanking massacres and their effect on present day relations with China. The Germans have done a much better job of paying sums which are not jokes in the overall scheme; consequently, entities/people like the directly affected Jews, their family survivors, and Israel have benefited substantially. No payments are ever going to compensate for the horrors of the death camps but things are going to be better when a country like Germany pays substantial sums or gifts submarines to Israel (vice Japan and its practice of relying on treaties which limited their payments to amounts at the time and today which are so small as to be insulting).

  • old guy

    Read the Geneva convention. “Combatants, captured IN UNIFORM, are to be treated as prisoners of war, and may be retained for the duration of that war. Combatants captured in other clothing are to be considered as enemy spies and treated as such.”