Britain's Defence Minister John Reid probably knew he would be pounced on, accused of parroting Washington's aggressive stance in the post 9/11 world or, worse, pandering to it. But this week in London, he stood up and said the unsayable: It may be time to re-examine the Geneva Conventions and international laws governing the conduct of war, its perpetrators and its victims. "If we do not," said Reid, "we risk continuing to fight a 21st century conflict with 20th century rules." The West is beset with an outdated legal framework, while "the enemy adheres to none whatsoever," he said. Indeed,...

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