Saturday, June 10, 2006

Suicide an "Act of Warfare Waged Against Us"

Taking a clue from his fucked up administration superiors who have no respect or understanding for reality or logic, this is actually what Rear Adm. Harry Harris, commander of the Joint Task Force Guantanamo, said about the three Gitmo detainees who hanged themselves separately in their cells, doing harm to no one else.
They are smart. They are creative, they are committed. They have no regard for life, either ours or their own. I believe this was not an act of desperation, but an act of ...warfare waged against us.
If I didn't think this was just so egregiously stupid and awful, I might make some joke about the Judean People's Front; Suicide Squad or that damn militant self-immolated Buddhist monk in 1963.

Simple suicide (as opposed to suicide-murder) may be an act of revenge or a even a political statement, but an act of warfare? Makes me wonder if he thought Gandhi and MLK, Jr. were aggressive militants.


Update: the word left out in the ellipses is "asymmetrical."
" ... an act of asymmetrical warfare waged against us."

Not that it changes anything. In fact, I think it makes it worse. Suicide bombing is an act of asymmetrical warfare. It is a terrorist tactic, and it should be treated as such. But it is downplayed as just a crime committed by cowards and is dealt with inappropriately, with invasion and war, further fostering more acts of asymmetrical warfare.

Simple suicide, in this case, may have been a protest. But it's elevated to an act of asymmetrical warfare, as a terrorist tactic. And I'm sure it will still be dealt with inappropriately. For a long time officials at Gitmo have been downplaying the self-destructive behaviors of the increasingly restive prison population. Former suicide attempts and hunger strikes have been called simply attempts to manipulate, so of course actual suicides are also nothing more than attempts to manipulate.

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