Sunday, June 11, 2006

Now Suicide Is an "Act of War"? Tell me another. Please.

No kidding.

George Orwell couldn't make this up, Stanley Kubrick and Terry Southern couldn't make this up. They don't have to. The war-is-peace, pollution-is-cleanliness, torture-is-next-to-Godliness, atrocity-is-all-American, up-is-downist, Big Brother Loves You Bushist fascists are on the march again.

Here's a US military man who calls the recent triple suicides at Gitmo an "act of war."

THE commander of the US Joint Task Force Guantanamo, Rear Admiral Harry Harris has described the overnight suicide of three inmates "as an act of war". Three foreign prisoners were found dead overnight after hanging themselves with clothing and bedsheets in the first deaths at the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, since the prison opened in January 2002, US defence officials said.

The military said two Saudis and one Yemeni were found unresponsive and not breathing in their cells by guards and that attempts to resuscitate the detainees failed.

They were pronounced dead by a physician at Guantanamo, which holds just under 500 foreigners captured mainly in the US war against the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan.

The suicides have thrown a spotlight on the camp that has drawn widespread criticism against the Bush administration from foreign countries, including some allies, and human rights advocates.

Navy Rear Admiral Harry Harris, commander of Guantanamo, described the suicides were an act of warfare.

"They are smart. They are creative, they are committed. They have no regard for life, neither ours nor their own. I believe this was not an act of desperation, but an act of asymmetrical warfare waged against us," Rear Adm. Harris said.

Asymmetrical warfare, eh?

Does that mean that, in order to preserve martial symmetry, we can expect that Bubble Boy and Rummy and Big Dick will be taking their own three lives together anytime soon?

As vengeance? In reprisal?

Just asking . . .

Full story here.


Justine said...

Well said!

Kvatch said...

There's a tortured bit of reasoning that's going to be hard to defend. Imagine how the right will spin this: We're in favor of any terrorists commiting suicide before they can harm us, and yet it's an "act of war" and if you know...they don't succeed, we'll kill 'em anyway.

The mind boggles.

james said...

Geez, the next thing the Bushies are going to do is wrap their dead bodies in bacon so that they can't come back to life or something.

enigma4ever said...

This wracks my brain and my soul...and I hang my head in shame....only Hitler would have been proud.

radar pangaean said...

Well, GWB has declared war on human rights, so in THAT sense this was an act of war.

No Blood for Hubris said...

You betcha.