Monday, June 12, 2006

Joke of the day: Guantanamo suicides an act of 'warfare'

Earlier today on the BBC:
Guantanamo Bay suicides an act of war.

Later, the headline changed as the article was updated:
Guantanamo suicides a 'PR move'

It's a joke.

News coverage for this incident: BBC, CNN, Fox

Compared to CNN and Fox News (the notorious one), the BBC headlines are full of absurdities. Is the BBC stupid, or are they highlighting the funniest parts of the story?

CNN asserts that "asymmetrical warfare" is defined as "a conflict in which a much weaker opponent uses unorthodox or surprise tactics to attack the weak points of the much stronger opponent."

In my opinion, asymetrical warfare is a natural occurance. A conflict is a condition where one party attempts to defeat the opposition. If the objective is to defeat the opponent, then it would be unwise to go against the opponents strongest weapons, where defeat is certain. That course of action is suicide, not warfare.

Interestingly, try to define (un)orthordox.



Blogger elendil said...

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and a few other NGOs, have designated June Torture Awareness Month. I'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.

6:06 am, June 12, 2006  

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