July 29th 1899: First Hague Convention signed
On this day in 1899, the First Hague Convention was signed at the international peace conference at The Hague in the Netherlands. Together with the Second Hague Convention in 1907, these two conventions make up the foundation of international laws regarding the conduct of war. The first conference was called at the suggestion of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, and the second by US President Theodore Roosevelt. Most of the provisions of the Hague Conventions were violated during the First World War.
I don’t care who the fuck you are, or what you’re doing. You can take 3 seconds to reblog this.
I miss you..That last comment broke my heart..
we had a great time. i will remember you forever.
'I'm not their slave,' the man mutters.
'I am,' I say. 'That's why I killed Cato…and he killed Thresh…and he killed Clove…and she tried to kill me. It just goes around and around, and who wins? Not us. Not the districts. Always the Capitol. But I'm tired of being a piece in their Games.'
Peeta. On the rooftop the night before our first Hunger Games. He understood it all before we’d even set foot in the arena. I hope he’s watching now, that he remembers that night as it happened, and maybe forgives me when I die.
Peeta meets this amazing silver eyed girl, they have mind blowing sex but he wakes up to an empty bed. The next day he finds out she is gale’s girlfriend, gale is his boss.
He couldn’t stop thinking about her.
The long, black braid that roped down her back, or draped down her front when she’d pull it over her shoulder to stroke mindlessly. The cupid’s bow of her lips, unmarred even by the nearly permanent scowl on her face. The quicksilver eyes that cut into him, from across the room or up close, like a thousand little paper cuts.
"bUT GALE KULLED PRIIIIMMM—"
take some superglue and glue your mouth closed then smash your internet router so you will never spread your ignorant idiotic stupidity with anyone ever again
But he did kill her though…
wow it’s almost as gale didn’t deploy the bombs himself also he intended to have them in the capitol not where the rebels will wow i have reading comprehension too
Wow it’s almost as if you’re lying to yourself about the true nature of the character whilst ignoring the text, funny that
you literally provided nothing to counter my last argument
gale is a boy who has lived his whole life in poverty and oppression. unlike liam hemsworth’s portrayal, he’s a MOC who has been treated like shit his whole life. Then, the rebellion against this regime that has put him as a “loser” begins. He becomes a central player in this rebellion.
Guess what? War has casualties. Gale never intended for Prim to die, and the closest he was to carrying out her death is him proposing the idea of the bombs and working with those who deploy bombs. He was not the one who chose the location. He simply presented an idea that he believed would help to give the rebels an edge.
He worked towards freedom and equality he had never had before. And to see his world crash down all because of a suggestion he made that ultimately helped achieve that…well, he never wanted that.
Gale is always given the short end of the stick. And to see people berate him for that is appalling. It’s. Not. His. Fault.
So honestly, fuck off and stop talking to me.
Okay that’s great and really long and all, but I don’t really care that much so…
Are you actually joking? He made a decision but it isn’t his fault. He might not have intended it, but she died and it’s his fault because he gave that order. You can not mean to kill somebody, but if you do, they’re still dead and it’s your fault.
Also like you can be really sympathetic to someone’s motivations and understand what hardships they faced that caused them to make certain decisions, but it doesn’t alleviate the gravity of their actions?
I joke about hating Gale a lot, but in fact I’m insanely sympathetic to Gale. I am, truly. He suffered greatly because of the institutionalized oppression of the Capitol, and he did a lot of heroic things, like taking responsibility and evacuating as many people as possible from District 12 during the bombing. Gale’s a brilliant leader, and it’s no wonder that the hardship he faced hardened him into becoming this fiery revolutionary. But the fact is, he was so angry and so motivated to lash out at his oppressors with hatred that he was blinded and hardened in a way that I doubt he could come back from. It’s a sad reality of oppression and war. Often, good people who get involved with terrorist groups do so because they’ve been so beaten down by oppression; it’s easy to feel sympathy for them, but at the end of the day, tragedies have still occurred and these people are still responsible.
Katniss could have easily turned out the same way, but she has experiences that shape her differently from Gale’s. She meets Capitol citizens that she grows to care for and she realizes the war is more gray than her side is willing to admit. Like it or not, Peeta’s nurturing personality does a lot to feed the compassion and empathy that Katniss develops. It’s why ultimately, Katniss could have never chosen Gale: he was so twisted by a system of oppression and by war that he was no longer the person she thought he was. It’s a very realistic character arc, and I admire Collins for its inclusion because every day people are changed by the brutalization they face.
Also, let’s not act like Gale didn’t know what he was getting into by designing that trap. When Katniss walked in on him showing the demo, he was explaining in terms of their hunting technique, in which they lured their prey with young offspring. So even if Gale didn’t know Prim would die, he still knew he was bombing fucking children.
I won’t go into why I dislike Gale for never fucking respecting Katniss’ wish to be left alone and not be bothered with romantic bullshit while people were starving and dying (which Peeta understood and never held against her but whatev). But on this issue, I’m sympathetic, I understand him, but he still did something really fucking morally reprehensible. Even if his actions could be justified for the “greater good,” I still don’t blame Katniss for cutting him out of her life for the way she was personally affected.
I just have a LOT of feelings about Mockingjay okay. epiphany-thatsabigword you get me, right?
So many fucking Mockjay feels, I can’t even. voxtyrannis covered most of it, I think: Gale had a shit life and his experiences shaped the way he saw the world. Unfortunately, the way he saw the world was with Capitol citizens as subhuman. I have no doubt that Gale had zero idea that the bombs he designed would be used on members of the rebellion. But the fact remains that the very designed of the bombs was morally wrong.
The bombs were designed so that people would get hurt and when others came to help. they would also get hurt. Katniss pointed out how awful that is. It’s one thing to kill soldiers; it’s another thing to kill medics trying to save wounded people.
Also, do we really think Gale would have stopped it, if he’d known that his bombs were being dropped on his people? I think he might have IF he knew Prim had been there. But that would have been selfishly motivated; he knew Katniss would never be able to love him if Prim had been killed by his bombs. But what if Prim hadn’t been there? Personally, I think Gale would have let the bombs drop. For him, the means justified the ends in war and if bombing medics and children got everyone to see how awful the Capitol was, then so be it.
Obviously, that last bit is all conjecture. What we do know is that Gale did design those bombs or a type like them that counted on and punished compassion. That’s the reason he and Katniss couldn’t have gotten together.
(also he was suffering from the severest case of Nice Guy Syndrome in the history of ever and refused to take “no” for an answer)
his wife said she’d divorce him if he killed Arya
his wife said she’d divorce him if he killed Arya
It probably killed Gale a little to realize that Katniss didn’t care to join the rebels and become their mockingjay to help the revolution for the sake of overthrowing the Capitol. But the second she realized it would save Peeta, she’s all “where do I sign up?”
I feel bad for Gale sometimes, then I realize he was kinda deluding himself. (Now all I can imagine is Gale listening to Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me” on repeat.)
Prompt - Everlark, Drunk dial
Katniss blindly fished her phone out of her purse, the alcohol coursing through her veins making her vision hazy and her muscle coordination sluggish. Once she had it in her grasp, she stumbled outside of the bar to a quieter place, away from her friends’ shrieks and the aimless drone of drunken chatter from the other patrons.
It was after midnight now—she’d almost lost track of time. That meant it was officially Prim’s birthday, her 21st at that. Because her little sister was halfway across the country at school, Katniss couldn’t be there to celebrate it with her in person. So she was determined to at least call her and wish her a happy birthday. Unfortunately, she’d let Madge and Johanna talk her into getting shitfaced tonight, as well, and she could barely make out the list of contacts on her phone
Squinting blearily at her screen as she scrolled, she tapped the name as soon as she got to the P’s and pressed it against her ear. The ringing was faint under the dull pulsing of music that greeted her every time someone opened the door, and she shuffled farther away.
Katniss didn’t even wait for her sister to finish her greeting, opening her mouth to obnoxiously belt out the birthday song, as she had done every year since she’d gone off to college. “Happy Birthday to you…”
When she finished, she propped herself up against the brick wall and grinned widely, proud of herself for not completely butchering the song in her drunken state. Only silence greeted her on the other side of the phone, though, before she heard a throat clearing.
"Uh, wow, thank you, but—it’s not my birthday."