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Sunday, June 11, 2006

Suicide an act of war?



I'm fascinated by the US spin on the Guantanamo suicides.

Guantanamo inmates commit suicide

Military officials said the suicides were co-ordinated and Harris described them as an act of war. "They have no regard for human life," he said. "Neither ours nor their own. I believe this was not an act of desperation but an act of asymmetric warfare against us."


An "act of war"? It's a very unusual definition of war, to say the least.

Suicide bombings... of course. But just plain suicide?

I suppose it could be part of a propaganda war, except that I seriously doubt the detainees believe their suicides will be publicized.

Surely, they've been convinced that they are alone and forgotten to the world. If so, it doesn't seem like an act of propaganda.

Most likely this is what it seems like... a mix of protest, depression and desperation.

But an act of war? That's really weird spin.

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