Oxymoron: “Jihadi hunger strike”
These jihadists apparently are confused as to the role of hunger strikes — generally, a form of peaceful protest, whereby one submits to self-suffering, as opposed to attacking others. However, when one plots death, destruction, assassinations, kidnappings, etc. — as these and other jihadis do — and then fails and is captured, resorting to a hunger-strike is simply meaningless.
“Al-Qaeda Detainees Go on Hunger, Silence Strikes,” from the Yemen Post, March 17:
Suspected Al-Qaeda detainees declared during Tuesday’s hearing a silence and a hunger strikes protesting maltreatment at the Political Security Prison where they have been arrested in connection with terrorism charges.
The first accused of the 16-member Al-Qaeda cell whose trial started on March 11 said the jail administration and intelligence authorities have tortured them and even prevented them from reading Quran and performing prayers.
During their second hearing, the arrestees said the prison is crueler than the US Guantanamo Prison.
Members of the cell, who were arrested during recent security crackdowns against militants, face charges of carrying out terrorist attacks against foreign targets in Yemen including the attack which killed two Belgian tourists in 2007 in eastern Yemen.
They are also charged with a thwarted attack against the US embassy late last year, an attack on a foreigner residential complex in Sana’a, blowing up oil pipelines as well as attacks against military facilities and other foreign interests in Yemen…