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December 07, 2009

The Enemy's Latest Method of Asymmetrical Warfare

Here's a story from 2006 about three suicides at Guantanamo:

Military officials on Saturday suggested that the three suicides were a form of a coordinated protest.

"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."

As I pointed out at the time, committing suicide was just ONE of the methods of asymmetrical warfare our foes have developed to attack us. As of 2006, they had also perfected these barbaric techniques:

1. Crying
2. Begging for Mercy
3. Getting Tuberculosis
4. Forcing Us To Torture Them
5. Not Being A Terrorist
6. Being Four Years Old

But now it turns out I underestimated them. According to a new report from the Seton Hall University School of Law, the Guantanamo Suicide Terrorists appear to have used a scheme so horrific none of us would have dreamed it possible:

7. Not Committing Suicide

—Jonathan Schwarz

Posted at December 7, 2009 09:40 AM

Sometimes you are a bit too terse, Jonathan, no doubt because of lack of time, but fortunately those of us who are semi-retired are here to fill in the breach. In a further quote from the Greenwald article you refer us to, we find the opinion

As The Washington Independent's Daphne Eviatar detailed in October, "the Obama administration has surprisingly endorsed the same legal positions as its predecessor, insisting that there is no constitutional right to humane treatment by U.S. authorities outside the United States, and that victims of torture and abuse and their survivors have no right to compensation or even an acknowledgment of what occurred."

Some people are no doubt more surprised than others.

Who knows if it's good or bad?

Posted by: mistah charley, ph.d. at December 7, 2009 10:41 AM

I am shocked. Shocked, I tell you. I ... zzzzzzzzz ...

Posted by: NomadUK at December 7, 2009 10:44 AM

I graduated from SHU Law in 1989 and I must say that despite their 3d tier ranking in the Snob Degree Elevation Review, they have no fear of controversy and no shortage of excellent professors.

Their list of distinguishd Imperial Lapdog alumni isn't as impressive as Harvard, Yale, Michigan, Chicago or Stanford, so I'm sure that means the school sucks donkey testicles. We all know the Hivey Leagues are superior, because Uncle Sam tells us so.

Posted by: the anti-federalist at December 7, 2009 11:16 AM

At least now that Obama is in power we are taking responsibility for what we did.

Posted by: Save the Oocytes at December 7, 2009 06:19 PM

You forgot one method in their arsenal: hunger strikes. That coupled with their ability NOT to commit suicide is a worrying development. It would seem we have underestimated the ways of these brave fighters.

Posted by: Java the Bush at December 7, 2009 10:11 PM