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Originally posted by pause4thought
reply to post by mtnshredder
It's insanity and blows me away that someone could do this to themselves. There have been 30 self immolations in the past year in Tibet. They were under different circumstances but it's still mind boggling that someone could do this under any circumstance.
Interesting that you should bring that up. I don't think it's insanity, though, in such cases. I think it is totally premeditated, and intended to bring a situation to the attention of the world. Inasmuch as it is done for the sake of a nation it does surely resonate with the concept of self-sacrifice.
What has happened in Italy may or may not have contained an element of calculated purpose on behalf of the nation. At the very least the intention must have been to make a statement to the nation: these acts were not committed in the person's back garden or somewhere else away from the public gaze.
Originally posted by nineix
It's a horrible, and flashy way to go out.
it's quite sad that these people felt the need to go out this way, as well as going out this way in protest.
However, they didn't strap bombs to themselves or hurt anyone else (physically).
If suicide bomber terrorist types were to do THIS instead; self immolate, en mass, whatever cause they had would gain more attention, as well as sympathy, as opposed to just being another retarded suicide bomber/terrorist to be hunted down and killed anyway.
Imagine dozens of people voluntarily settings themselves alight all together, in an organized demonstration for any cause.
It'd very definitely grab some attention, as well as force sympathy.
edit on 29-3-2012 by nineix because: (no reason given)