Simi Valley Sophist

The Simi Valley Sophist ruminates on all manner of topics from the micro to the macro. SVS travels whatever path strikes his fancy. Encyclopedia Britannica: Sophist "Any of certain Greek lecturers, writers, and teachers in the 5th and 4th centuries BC, most of whom travelled about the Greek-speaking world giving instruction in a wide range of subjects in return ..."

Location: California, United States

Retired: 30years law enforcement-last 20 years Criminal Intelligence Detective.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Let the Hunger Striker Die

A problem with the U.S. is that we care about what other people think about us, and consequently many things become way too complicated. Take for instance the subject of hunger strikes. Why in the world would anybody get upset when someone goes on a hunger strike? The person wants to protest by starving himself to death, have at it. Naturally we would not want to facilitate the suicide by handing him knife, but there’s a limit to what we should do to block the event. That ends the problem of having to house the person or whatever.

Enter practicality. It seems that a large number of Guantánamo detainees were engaging in a hunger strike and the authorities were concerned about international pressure in the case of a hunger strike death. Solution: force feeding by restraint and forcing a tube down the nasal passages and into the stomach. Testimony revealed that the forced feeding is far from pleasant. Result: most striking detainees have abandoned their strikes.

What’s a good Islamist to do when he can’t even martyr himself by starvation while in custody? There is no justice.