Moon of Alabama Brecht quote
June 11, 2006

"An Act of War"

by anonymous
(lifted from a comment)

Of course while getting concerned about one fellow human's treatment by the spin-off from the empire juggernaut, much worse is happening elsewhere and not just Ramadi.

Three humans succeeded in killing themselves at Guantanamo Bay last night, which should be the cause of grief, yet in the irony and inversion of values that war can incite, their deaths may well be regarded as a triumph. The victory of the individual over the faceless, unfeeling empire.

That this could be regarded as a victory, is  certainly a concern of the US military establishment here:

The suicides of three detainees at the US base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, amount to acts of war, the US military says.

The camp commander said the two Saudis and a Yemeni were "committed" and had killed themselves in "an act of asymmetric warfare waged against us".

How in hell's name could the suicide of 3 men be regarded by anyone, much less the willing agents of that empire, as a victory over empire? The reason is as mundane as it is banal.

The US military hierachy, as obsessed with appearances as any bourgois housefrau had decided that any deaths at Guantanamo Bay may be perceived by the media as a reflection of the inhumane and brutal conditions these men, who have been imprisoned without trial for many years, have had to endure. One of the most inhumane and crushingly brutal facts of life about Guantanamo Bay was that no one was allowed to die there, no matter how sick they were.

Of course no miracle cures were handed out but if anyone was terminally ill they were quickly moved away from surroundings which however brutal, at least they were familiar with, and away fom fellow inmates who had endured the privations with them.
Up until last night not one of the more than 2000 inmates who had been through Guantanamo Bay, men who had been captured while wounded on the battlefield, tortured by their initial captors, then rendered to torture specialist all over the world, only to be shunted off to Guantanamo Bay to be tortured abused, ridiculed and humiliated had been allowed the release that they felt only death could bring.

Last night in the worst possible way three humans found release and through that victory.

What does that tell us about their captors? 

Posted by b on June 11, 2006 at 09:44 AM | Permalink


what is happening debs at ramadi is exactly what happened at lidice in revenge for the assassination of reinhard heydrich

what is happening in ramadi is the sad sad history of village after village of vietnam

what is happening in ramadi has been practiced in the towns of el salvador & honduras

this empire is so covered in the blood of innocents it is astounding that their white house offers us one after another - a collection of cretins who obviouslly cannot see what is before the worlds eyes

yes, the worl may imagine it does not know what is going on but in fact it knows exactly what is going on

that is why we are full of shame

because crass murderers are acting in the name of supposed loftier notions to commit act that would make any member of the einsatzgruppen proud

as you will remember in the early years of dachua in the mid fifties many social democrats, communists, priests etc suicided in very imaginative ways - ruptured spleens, skulls crushed in, falling from great heights, seld induced massive trauma

o yes the antifascists too were gifted in the way the suicided before the glorious police & security apparatus of the reich

& as before the enablers of this are well dressed wonder boys & women working from computers in the offices of that inferno we shall call america

Posted by: remembereringgiap | Jun 11, 2006 10:24:11 AM | 1

I will be out all day taking very deep breaths and looking at the sky.

That's all I can say at this point.

Posted by: | Jun 11, 2006 10:42:24 AM | 2

The US is indeed pissed off about three successful suicides and do, indeed, take it as a personal insult.

Previously, they shipped off anyone who looked near to shuffling off this mortal coil to another gulag so that they could loudly and proudly crow about a zero per cent death rate at Gitmo to their humans rights detractors. This will be a black eye for them.

On the other hand, by claiming that killing oneself is a form of assymetrical warfare against the US, they are throwing down a gauntlet and challenging more of their (unincarcerated) enemies to follow suit. This represents, as I mentioned in the open thread, the only form of warfare a depleted US DoD might not screw up. Trapped in the tar baby of Iraq, they are now screaming about the briar patch of assymetrical war. They'd love to dust off those "Mission Accomplished" banners, but unless anti-US forces throw themselves on their own swords, that probably isn't going to happen.

Posted by: | Jun 11, 2006 10:44:57 AM | 3

asymetrical warfare against the poor

Posted by: remembereringgiap | Jun 11, 2006 10:48:06 AM | 4

An Act of Global Security

Global Security

Well, OK, forget the Peace and Prosperity part,
that was just to get your votes.

See, NATO is just place holding, sweeping up the
countryside and not rebuilding. The US Republican
Congress of Peoples just cancelled aid funding.
We have no intention of rebuilding the country
that we just bombed until the rubble bounced.

[And, by the way, did we mention if you don't
speak English, you'll have no "New Freedoms".]

Imagine, if you will, if Cuba had landed 120,000
troops in Austin, Texas to stabilize US society
towards the Neo consolidation of Canada, US and
Mexico into one uber-nation, "America", and then
carpetbombed the countryside with leaflets, but
they were all written in Spanish:

Una paz y una prosperidad unidas de las ofertas
de Américas!

Ofertas los freedoms nuevos de las nuevas de un

El futuro de las Américas dependen de su ayuda
del nuevo gobierno!

Then they went around eradicating US truck farms
because they represented an economic threat to
the South American produce import business.

And they imprisoned, disappeared or killed white
males between the ages of 15 and 35, all for Global Security.

Then they imported 250,000 Kalishnakov's and
armed all city police forces with automatics.

Shoot first. Ask no questions. Spirit away the
bodies to mass graves. Sound familiar?

Newt Gingrich recently popped up again with his
"America is more secure now, crime is at a 20
year low" drivel, cheering on the Neos pogrom.
Crime was at a 20-year low in Nazi Germany too.
It was driven underground, to Enron's and HAL's.

This is reality in America's POV, Newt Boy.
Seguridad Global para la Esclavitud Global.

Posted by: Campbell Sawfer | Jun 11, 2006 1:00:10 PM | 5

Well, personally, I think the Pentagon's designation is perfectly fair. I mean, they've been killing America, both literally and metaphorically, at Iraq for three years now and nobody would deny they've been involved in an act of war.

If there's a God lurking somewhere, may God forgive us all! Three years! And, by now, a quarter! For lies and stupidity, with a cause that even its supporters have abandoned! Sometimes, these days, I just sit and tremble with rage.

Posted by: The Truth Gets Vicious When You Corner It | Jun 11, 2006 1:07:47 PM | 6

I`d suggest to the camp commander to retaliate against this "act of war" by taking his own life.

Posted by: b | Jun 11, 2006 3:46:42 PM | 7

As I read the story of what we've done and do,
My heart breaks in sorrow, my head bows for shame!
We have killed all our yesterdays and tommorows
and today is busting into flame!

Posted by: Chuck Cliff | Jun 11, 2006 4:14:17 PM | 8

I'm so sick of right wing spin and propaganda I want to vomit. These people have been in prison for four years, not charged with any crime and their last act of despair is called an attack? I used to mourn what America was becoming under Bush and the rabid theocrats. Now I must also mourn what it has become. God forgive us! We have become the monster.

Posted by: Diogenes | Jun 11, 2006 6:19:10 PM | 9

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and a few other NGOs, have designated June Torture Awareness Month. We've created a blogroll you can join if you're interested. You can find it here. The idea is that everyone is linked to from the blogroll, and in exchange, you discuss torture (as you already do), and link to the Torture Awareness site to help support the NGOs.

There's a lot of bloggers who are angry about human rights abuse in the War on Terror. If we coordinate, we can show our support and help Amnesty and HRW make Torture Awareness Month a success.

Posted by: elendil | Jun 11, 2006 7:48:23 PM | 10

The comment about the three suicides being a public relations stunt is disgusting in our world, but not in theirs. The entire WAR is a public relations stunt. EVERYTHING HAPPENS when Bush has his back to the wall. Haven't you noticed the coincidences? The Evil one of the Month is captured when popularity polls fall into the low thirties.
I forget the author of this quote but it is perfectly appropriate to the situation.
Boys throw stones at frogs in fun. The frogs die in earnest.
Our Leader used to put firecrackers in the mouths of frogs and then watch them die.
How much more fun to do it with people.
I am sorry for the people of Ramallah, who are about to have an invasion. I see in my dreams the face and hands of that little girl bespattered with her father's blood after 'the troops' shot at their car and murdered her parents.

Posted by: hopping madbunny | Jun 11, 2006 9:09:25 PM | 11

I'd urge anyone here who hasn't yet seen the "road to guantanamo" to go dl it at once.

Posted by: slothrop | Jun 11, 2006 10:44:24 PM | 12

Just when I thought these guys couldn't surprise me...a publicity stunt! Either these guys are idiots, or they've been living for so long in a universe where PR is the same as reality that actually believe suicide can be a PR stunt. Or, of course, both.

A quick scan of Google News reveals the US press saying "Calls to Close Gitmo After Suicides". Meanwhile the foreign press leads with "Inmate Suicides 'a stunt', US Says".

Strange discrepancy there.

Posted by: Rowan | Jun 11, 2006 10:46:51 PM | 13

Listened to to the international press review on the German NPR equivalent this noon. The "act of war" was the major issue. They cited some 10 international newspapers that damned the phrase.

A mojor public ralation loss for the U.S.

Posted by: b | Jun 12, 2006 8:55:44 AM | 14

elendil, I am sick of Awareness Months. How about Torture Outrage Month, Breast Cancer Prevention at Long Last Month. These Awareness Months are part of the problem. Please call it something else.

Rowan, yesterday I too saw somewhere that the Guantanamo suicides are being called a PR stunt. That is macabre, 'shockingly repellent'. I couldn't stand to even keep such a link. Maybe they think the more repellent they are the less attention will be paid. It does get them through the day and on to the next offense.

Posted by: emereton | Jun 12, 2006 10:25:19 AM | 15

Dead Detainee At Guantanamo Bay 'Was To Be Freed'

Posted by: Enraged | Jun 12, 2006 10:52:13 AM | 16

Also excellent on Guantanamo is Philippe Sands' book, Lawless World.

Sands is a self-styled "pragmatic Anglo-Saxon" international lawyer who helped to negotiate both the ICC statute and Kyoto, and he takes Dubya and Bliar to pieces in ten short chapters in this book, including one on the excrescence that is Gitmo.

His special contempt, however, is reserved for US Deputy Attorney General John Yoo, whose legal opinions on the US's right to torture were served up, along with those of Alberto Gonzales and others, as the country tried to slime its way out of its binding int'l commitments to the Geneva conventions.

Sands characterizes Yoo's shameful contribution to this process as being jurisprudentially illiterate were it to have come from a first-year law student, and as basically unspeakable coming from a high-ranking law official in the US govt.

Posted by: Dismal Science | Jun 12, 2006 2:19:49 PM | 17

Fox News coins a new term in the US progaganda effort:

Fox News announced it would refer henceforth to such suicides as "homicide suicides," to let viewers know that they were actually attacks on American self-esteem.

Posted by: lonesomeG | Jun 12, 2006 3:02:17 PM | 18

"Homicide bomber" was first cited in 1998, and first used by the Bush administration in 2002.

Posted by: Pyrrho | Jun 12, 2006 3:55:54 PM | 19

Does this mean that all the tragic suicides of US troops after returning from Iraq are rightfully considered to be just PR stunts and acts of war, cynically "performed" to sway world opinion to be more sympathetic to the cause of returning US military? I suppose that gets the administration off the hook on PTSD and the shoddy treatment the returning vets receive.

Posted by: PeeDee | Jun 13, 2006 5:01:44 PM | 20

The names of the three men who were tortured to death at Guantanamo Bay are in Counterpunch. They were Mani bin Shaman bin Turki al-Habardi, Yasser Talal Abdulah Yahya al-Zahrani, and Ali Abdullah Ahmedwho.

Posted by: | Jun 14, 2006 5:30:14 AM | 21

from #21

Listening to the admiral, to the most recent expression of the banality of evil flowing from his lips, only one conclusion can be drawn: the United States has absented itself from humanity. Until those living in this country can find a way to stop this government, the admiral's phrase should be applied to us: "They have no regard for life."

this is so true and the fact that nobody in the US gives a rat's ass about "those people" will make this ride into hell go on for a lot longer with a lot more blood being spilled along the way.

Posted by: dan of steele | Jun 14, 2006 7:10:30 AM | 22

Those people have no rights. Imagine having the right to kill yourself! They have no right to that! What a bunch of ungrateful obnoxious dirty devious evil publicity seekers!

Being dead by suicide returns them to their human condition (if a bit late for them), as suicide in painful life situations is not only understood but usually championed by Joe and Marcie BBQ.

And that is unbearable! The reach here is:

suicide - suicide bombers - evil killers - illegitimate cause

So the suiciders have a cause and are making a statement.

Posted by: Noisette | Jun 14, 2006 2:43:21 PM | 23

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