The Red Cross is demanding that both sides in the Iraq war respect international rules on the treatment of prisoners. Those rules, created at an international conference in Geneva in 1949, include not showing captured soldiers on television. They also allow the Red Cross to visit the prisoners.
"A signator to the Geneva Conventions is supposed to give access to the captured troops for Red Cross to find out how they are, what kind of physical condition they are in, and perhaps deliver some kind of comfort items to the prisoners," said Harvey Libow of the Savannah chapter.
The Savannah chapter is ready to assist any family of a Third Infantry Division soldier who may be among those captured by the enemy.