June 11, 2006

Guantanamo Suicides are 'an act of war'

As you may well have heard three men have commited suicide at Guantanamo Bay (link).
According to the BBC, a camp commander at GTMO has called the suicides of three inmates (two Saudis and a Yemeni), ''[acts] of asymmetric warfare waged against [the US]''.

You can make your own mind up about that one, but I'm thinking there's just a little bit of spinning going on there. Plus it seems very rich of the US to be accusing detained inmates of adminstering a propaganda war against them, with the Pentagons "Psych Ops" so prevalent surrounding current conflicts.

What's most surprising to me is that these are the first to succesfully commit suicide in the prison. This is not for lack of effort, with dozen's of attempts being recorded over the past 4 years (though this is not surprising with the apparant hopelessness of many of them ever again seeing freedom, despite no charges being brought to them). I'll leave the accused torture/'interrogation' techniques to one side, but they are well documented.

I just can't get over the arrogance displayed by vilifying three men who, by our cherished Western values, were completely innocent.

UPDATE: A 'top government official' has now decribed the deaths as a ''good PR move''. I don't know about the dead inmates, but we're certainly getting a PR blitz coming from the powers that be in the US.

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  1. Reminds me slightly of the hunters off South Park for some reason…

    "Hey look a deer… He's coming right at us! bang

    11 Jun 2006, 11:56

  2. Joe

    I've been pretty impressed with how restrained the people have been who have been held for years and then just kicked out with not even so much as a "sorry". If they think that this is an act of war they obviously under–estimate how mad some of these people will be.

    If the American government wants to lock me up for years they better kill me because I'm not the kind of person who would take something like this and just think "ok… never mind". I wonder how long it will be before someone shoots Bush, or tries to blow up congress over this.

    Ironically they have the most to fear by making this seem like they are at war and using phrases like "act of war", because that removes a lot of the moral problems around killing – it is a war after all – and in wars there are casulties.

    I dread to think how angry some people would be over this – being a fairly average God fearing man I would think that I would be towards the most forgiving end of the spectrum…

    It's a good job that I'm white christian and have family only in England (If I sound cynical about why these people are locked up it's because I am)

    12 Jun 2006, 13:45

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