Monday, June 12, 2006

Acts of War

About those prisoners who committed suicide at Gitmo:

"They are smart, they are creative, they are committed," Admiral Harris said. "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."

I'm speechless.

Let's see here. We lock up hundreds of men in a lawless zone and tell them that they have no legal rights and they might never leave, but don't tell them what they did to deserve it. We rob them of everything that makes life worth living-- love, family, sunshine, the sense that there is a moral order and, most of all, hope. And then, when they quite reasonably give up, we rob them even of a dignified death.

I think I am going to be sick.


Blogger Bobby said...

I couldn't believe it either when I read it - but having heard who made these remarks - Colleen Gaffy I think or something like that - I am not surprised. I heard her in an interview on the Today programme on BBC radio 4 where she was trying to put forward the argument that the people at Gitmo had a better quality of life than they had at home...

Have you read "Enemy Combatant" about Moazzam Begg's incarceration in Gitmo? the way he describes it, it is hard to believe that anyone could hide a suicide from the guards.

7:37 PM  

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