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Sunday, June 11, 2006 

Bad PR

Of course the suicide of three Guantanamo inmates was "asymmetrical warfare" and "a public relations move." No, there's no way these deaths were motivated by despair, by utter powerlessness. These men couldn't even go on a hunger strike. Suicide is often the last resort of the powerless, and if you seriously think that's not the case, and that this is:

"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.”

Then you need a crash course in basic human empathy.

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