Suicide as an Act of War?
Three inmates at the Guantanamo prison camp hung themselves yesterday. That fact alone is tragic and does not speak well for the way the camp is being run.
This quote from the base commander really takes the cake, though: "They have no regard for life, either ours or their own. I believe this was not an act of desperation, but an act of asymmetrical warfare waged against us."
What an astonishing notion! Killing oneself (in a way that harms nobody else) is an act of war! We should be so fortunate if all religious extremists were to wage war in this fashion!
The commander is right to be worried about this: three suicides will inevitably refocus world (and U.S.) attention on the poor conditions and hopeless plight of the people housed at Guantanamo. That can only have negative repercussions for the prison camp--but not because of any act of aggression, but because of the disinfecting power of shining sunlight on what goes on there.
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