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'From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step' - Diderot

Sunday 11 June 2006

Guantanamo suicides 'act of war' says camp commandant

According to the camp commandant Rear Adm Harry Harris the three suicides were an act of war:

"They are smart. They are creative, they are committed. 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."

- well I daresay what the good man was trying to say, in standard US bureaucratic 'military-speak', is that the three might become martyrs for those who have aspirations as terrorists, or at the very least are opposed to the policies of the US and its allies. My own view is that it is yet another signal of just of how wrong-headed and counter-productive are certain apsects of US policy in attempting to deal with the scourge of terrorism around the world; a country which prides itself on being, and in general terms is, a bastion of freedom and liberty for those enduring poverty and/or oppression in various parts of the word, has somehow maneouvred itself into becoming a marauding lawless bully. It is tragic and I think is likely to become the lasting legacy of this administration, with whose consequences future Presidents will have to deal.

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