Gitmo Suicides - Perspective

While the left quickly picks up on the 'MSM story of three suicides at Gitmo, as an opportunity to berate our efforts in the GWOT, the fact is that suicide among any prison population is a very common thing, and on it's own not an indication of anything.

For instance, Wisconsin - a Democratic state - has a prisoner suicide rate that is twice the national average.

"Wisconsin's annual suicide rate averages to about 25 per 100,000 inmates, while the nation's rate is 14 per 100,000, according to a report by Department of Corrections mental health director Kevin Kallas and psychology director Don Hands."

Of course the MSM spins that they committed suicide because of despair, that they just had to take their own life because there was no other way out.

*snif* .....Life is soooo hard when you work for Al Qaeda.

But the fact is that these prisoners - and that's what they are prisoners - don't think or act like us westerners. Let me explain.

The "eastern" mind thinks different than that of the "west". Being married to a woman of the east (Korean), I know this first hand, in fact it's been a major effort the last 23 years of our marriage getting to "know" how she thinks.

More to the point, do you remember the first time you heard of the Japanese Kamikaze pilots of WWII.

You might have thought, "Man, that's some crazy stuff there!" I mean, you train to fly your plane into the deck of a enemy distroyer, killing yourself and hopefully a few of the enemy. Sounds nutty, but then again, they don't think like we do. Even to this day.

People wonder how women and kids can strap bombs to themselves in Israel and blow themselves up.

For instance, when was the last time you heard of Bubba-USA strapping on a dynamite vest to "give himself to Allah"? If Bubby does do something like that it's not for Allah or Country, but because he's mad at this wife or boss and some other selfish reason, and therein lays the key to understanding their mindset.

"Selfishnes" isn't a traditional eastern concept. Islam - as Buddism and other eastern religions teach an abhorance of suicide, which is why it has such a low occurance in muslim countries. So suicide is considered a major sin, EXCEPT that, the Islamist thinks a little differently of that prohibition:

"Islamists consider suicide as not just legitimate, but highly commendable when undertaken for reasons of jihad (holy war). Going into war knowing with the certainty that one will die, they argue, is not suicide (intihar) but martyrdom (istishhad), a much-praised form of self-sacrifice in the path of God, a way to win the eternal affection of the houris in paradise.

A leading Islamist authority, Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi, recently explained the distinction this way: attacks on enemies are not suicide operations, but ''heroic martyrdom operations'' in which the kamikazes act not ''out of hopelessness and despair, but are driven by an overwhelming desire to cast terror and fear into the hearts of the oppressors.''

In other words, Islamists find suicide for personal reasons abominable, suicide for jihad admirable."

Much of the ingnorance of those who feel sympathy for these dirt bags - and that is what they are "dirt bags" - fail to understand that in their mind "dispair" never comes into play. "Making a sacrifice" does, and that is what this was. No doubt coming on the heals of their leader Zarqawi's entry into (Where's the virgins?) hell.

Therefore the initial assement by the military authorities is most likely right on.

"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 ...warfare waged against us," Rear Adm. Harry Harris, commander of the Joint Task Force Guantanamo, said in a telephone news conference.

Harris said the suicides were "clearly a planned event, not a spontaneous event."

So the most likely reason was one of Jihad and NOT despair.

UPDATE: Heh, Michelle Malkin.