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Reviewer: Joolz (Signed)
29 Jul 2006 11:22 pm
This is a good look at how we see Elizabeth slipping in her adherence to the moral high ground in circumstances that are beyond her ability to handle, really. It was a nice touch to have John be the one to remind her and bring her back. Thanks for the story!

Author's Response: Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it!
Reviewer: thenaggingone (Anonymous)
18 Jul 2006 3:48 pm
wow... this is good... wow.

Author's Response: Thank you!
Reviewer: Laura_trekkie (Signed)
16 Jul 2006 4:51 pm
I liked this. Another reviewer talks about your misunderstanding of the Conventions, but I think that's of secondary importance to the fic. What *is* the point is the interactions between John and Elizabeth: That initial shock that Elizabeth, so strong and steadfast in her beliefs, has succumbed to the daily grind of Pegasus life and, just for a moment, lost her way. I also liked John's reaction; how he was so very furious, but a lot of that was born out of fear for Elizabeth and what this decision would change in her. So what if the Conventions don't, technically, apply in Pegasus? The decisions made in Geneva are still sound working practices for the treatment of POWs, it just means that any Atlanteans caught won't be guaranteed the same treatment from their captors. While that is certainly unfair, John rightly pointed out that that's what separates them from us. Laura.

Author's Response: I understand that the Conventions aren't laws. As I said to the reviewer above, the concept is that because Elizabeth and those from Earth know about these concepts, that they exist, that they came together out of one of our world's greatest tragedies, they need to hold themselves to that standard. That's why she makes John read them... because they are important and, as a leader, Elizabeth has chosen to use the same standards of humanity and justice in her new world. I don't think anyone believes the Geneva Conventions apply in the Pegasus Galaxy and if they come away from this story thinking that, the read the story in a manner that was not intended. And thank you for your kind words.
Reviewer: Darklady (Anonymous)
16 Jul 2006 2:59 pm
Well written - but... you show the common ( almost universal ) misunderstanding of how the Geneva Conventions work. They are not laws. They do not impose themselves universialy on the signatory nations. They are agreements *between* signatory nations - with the same force as other such treaty or agreement. Which means. as a pact *between* nations, they apply only when both sides are signitories to the agreement. No one native to the Pegasus Galexy has ever heard of, much less agreed to, the Geneva Convention - so in Pegasus it is irrelevent. Sheppard might decline such an order under the USAF Military code, as Weir has failed to follow correct procedures and convene a military tribunal, but that is another law alltogether. You write well, but as there was nothing more then the technical to this ficlet, and the technical was off??? *shrug* I'm sure the next will be better. Thank you still for writing. I do appreciate it. Darklady (

Author's Response: Obviously, no one in the Pegasus Galaxy has read the Geneva Conventions. The concept behind this is that Elizabeth, who holds diplomacy and fairness and justice above all, would hold to the concept behind them. No, they are not laws, but they are fundamental principles that she certainly would uphold. The premise behind the story is not that the Geneva Conventions are "laws" within this world, but that the difference between those who came from Earth and everyone else in Pegasus is the knowledge that these concepts of basic human justice exist and that because they know of them, have read them and understand them, they should hold themselves to a higher standard. As John says to Elizabeth, that premise is the difference between "Us" and "Them".
Reviewer: adafrog (Anonymous)
16 Jul 2006 2:38 pm
Well done.