At the weekend, one top state department official called them a good PR move to draw attention", while the camp commander said it was an "act of asymmetric warfare waged against us". "I wouldn't characterise this as a good PR move," Cully Stimson, US deputy assistance secretary of defence, told the BBC's Today programme, on Monday. "What I would say is that we are always concerned when someone takes his own life, because as Americans we value life even if it is the life of a violent terrorist captured waging war against our country."
(With the minuscule world’s squalling stillness
Erupting solidly through the callous smoothness
Are we to downright believe the upright deceit,
To misunderstand its audacious correctness?
This finite universe lashes kindly against its void.
Words are meaningless in the silent pertinence,
Our smiling and dismal days writhe still of wishes
And turn back goodness upon their deviant constancy…)
How could words have lost their meaning that day?
Why is nothing to be believed after the plane’s shadows?
Have they so ruthlessly shattered our principles
That even our language holds no meaning?
How can we conceive serenity lying in the fatal position?
How can we erect peace with all of our words bent in war?
If we fight for other’s freedoms while our own fall away
The shrieking birds toppled more than just our towers…
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