but I’m going to make an exception today.
According to the BBC, three detainees at Guantanamo Bay have committed suicide. They weren’t the first to attempt to do so, just the first to succeed.
The response of the Camp Commander, Rear Adm Harry Harris, has left me feeling both sickened and shocked.
Rear Adm Harris said he did not believe the men had killed themselves out of despair.
“They are smart. They are creative, they are committed,” he said.
“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.”
How on earth do you characterise suicide, in a cell, using bedsheets and clothing, as an act of warfare?
The men had apparently been on hunger strike, and had been force-fed by the US military, before they killed themselves. From what I’ve read, they must have been desperate: there is no hope of their being brought to trial, no information on what they are accused of, and hence no chance of their being able to defend themselves and either serve their punishment or be freed.
I used to have a great deal of respect for the American Dream, and the people who worked so hard to make it possible. I still think their are lots of good Americans, but my feelings towards America as a political entity are distinctly mixed.
How can you claim to uphold the rule of law, and favour democracy, when your own people are stretching the law to the point of breaking, and apparently only support democracy outwith the USA when the people vote as you want them to?