Posters calling on the public to “Become a Suicide Bomber” have appeared at bus stops across London. The posters purport to be recruitment posters for the Royal Navy, but feature a picture of British naval servicemen in the crosshairs of a sniper rifle.
Clarion Project (h/t Mike F) “The crew of our nuclear submarines are on a suicide mission,” the text reads. “To launch their missiles means death is certain, not just for them, but for the millions of innocent people those bombs will obliterate, and for the rest of us too.” The posters were made by a political activism group called Special Patrol Group and designed by British artist Darren Cullen.
“We see terrorist suicide bombers as depraved, which they undoubtedly are, but we don’t see our own depravity in building and operating nuclear suicide bombs that have the potential to murder millions and end human civilization in the space of an afternoon.” And we should.
Yet being a serviceman in the case of a nuclear war, which would most likely involve many countries other than Britain, is not equivalent to the decision of an individual to blow themselves up in a deliberate attempt to kill as many civilians as possible.
Most will see the headline of “become a suicide bomber” and the Royal Navy logo and see that the poster is drawing a direct equivalence between serving in the Royal Navy and carrying out a terrorist attack.