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Human Shields at the ready!

So, the human shields arrived in Baghdad already! Well, most of them. One of the three red London buses broke down in Italy, and several activists dropped out after being dug out of snow drifts near Istanbul, but, heroically,

“The rest endured bitterly cold weather, illness, poor living conditions and a great deal of bickering.”

Well, you need mental toughness and nerves of steel to become a Human Shieldster, of course! Just ask Ken O’Keefe, Shield Leader: he used to be in the American Marines. Although you might have trouble finding him, as sadly, he has now gone nuts and is no longer part of this brave Western anti-war protest:

“Ken O’Keefe, their informal leader and a former American marine, burned his US passport and designed himself new travel documents proclaiming him a “Citizen of the World”. As a result, he was detained in three countries.

Mr O’Keefe has yet to arrive in Baghdad and Mr Joffe-Walt last heard of him in Syria.”

Mr Joffe-Walt mentioned various other hardships and tribulations which the Shield had suffered in its crusade to save human history from itself:

“Very few people knew each other. I did not know any of them and it was difficult to organise it. There were lots of different ideas on when to go to bed, how long to spend on the bus.”

Shield-members will apparently be camping

“inside hospitals, schools, power stations and other buildings “needed for basic human living”.”

Erm, I wonder if they’ve negotiated that with the Iraqi humans planning to be living inside them already? If bombing starts, numbers of safe buildings available for human living could possibly be reduced. I can tell the Shield has considered the possibility of bombing, because one of them said,

“the presence of vegans and spiritual healers would shield the buildings from harm if war broke out.”

Of course. And equally predictably,

“Saddam Hussein’s regime, which normally admits westerners with great reluctance and treats them with deep suspicion, has granted the human shields three-month visas and given them freedom to go where they wish.”

It takes a nutter to know a nutter, I suppose.

(Thanks to the Telegraph)

14 comments to Human Shields at the ready!

  • Paul Marks

    For once “collateral damage” may be a welcome development.

  • addison

    “the presence of vegans and spiritual healers would shield the buildings from harm if war broke out.”

    What’s that? Is the magical vegan power supposed to redirect bombs? Have they been watching too many Harry Potter movies?

  • Dave Crawford

    Re: the vegan remark. No wonder The Simpsons sucks so bad this year, Lisa has left the show and is now human shielding it in Baghdad.

  • I had a bit of fun with their departure pictures. Take a look at
    this picture

  • Mr.Hussein may be right to harbour suspicions.

    What better way to get a spook into Baghdad than under the pretense of being a ‘vegan’ human-shield

  • Byron

    heh, no self-respecting spook would be caught dead in such an abhorrent disguise.

    On another note, what the heck is up with the US Marines? First, Scott Ritter turns Saddam-apologist and later admits to receiving $400k from Saudi businessmen and to being an internet pedophile (caught by an FBI agent pretending to be an underage girl in a chatroom). Now Ken O’Keefe has gone off the deep end too. The Marines are supposed to be our creme-de-la-creme, but these guys sure aren’t doing a good job of upholding that rep.

  • Johnathan

    More candidates for the latest edition of the Charles Darwin awards, perhaps (ie, people who get themselves killed by acts of great stupidity and hence deleted the gene pool of its weakest elements).

  • Byron

    ” Scott Ritter turns Saddam-apologist and later admits to receiving $400k from Saudi businessmen…”

    Darnit, that should read “Iraqi businessmen”. I wrote that late last night after a study marathon.

  • Ghaleon

    You should really have more respect for people who are ready to risk their life for what they believe is just when must of you don’t do anything else than paying your taxes so that others will act at your place…

    And stop speaking like if you were the defender of humankind or I don’t know what because you guys are insensitive if for you the death of innocents (they are, after all) is ”welcome” and positive because they are the ”weakest elements of the gene pool that should be deleted”

    You should be ashamed that you said such things.

  • Ghaleon:

    Risking your life for what you believe does not make you worthy of respect. Plenty of people risk their lives for evil causes in wars.

    And people who deliberately walk into the middle of a war are not “innocent”. They should know better: they aren’t helping anyone except Saddam.

  • Wow, I wish more people would say that I write like the “defender of humankind”. Go Alice!

  • DK

    Seriously folks, have you ever eaten a vegan burger? They really could be used as a shield. But as for the vegan, as a person, I agree with the newest update on the Darwin awards. Could Dan Rather, and most of Hollywood go be shields as well?

  • “What good fortune for those in power that people do not think.”- Adolf Hitler

    To my Red Blooded American Brothers,

    I ask all of you so quick to judge to answer me this;

    How is supporting a president who received less votes than his opponent (no I do not like Gore or Clinton at all) and was literally appointed president against all democratic principles by a conservative stacked ‘Supreme Court’,

    Who literally deserted from the his cushy Air National Guard job during the Vietnam War for over a year with no punishment whatsoever,

    Who has all but obliterated the best thing about America, the U.S. Constitution via the ‘Patriot Act’, ‘Homeland Security Act’ and soon Patriot Act II’,

    Who failed in the most hideous of ways to ‘Protect and Defend’ citizens of the United States on 9-11 including the failure to scramble any fighter jets immediately after he knew of the Twin Tower attacks thereby allowing the Pentagon to be hit as well,

    Who is cutting Veterans (“Heroes”) benefits left, right and center while giving huge tax breaks to the rich,

    And who is otherwise a complete and total embarrassment in every way,

    How is supporting this asshole and his de facto government “Patriotic”?

    While conversely, exposing and fighting this man and his insane cohorts traitorous?

    Answer me these questions please.

    I do not have the time to enter the arena of mental masturbation that most seem so content with, beyond the posting I am submitting now (I admit it, I have mentally masturbated for the 15 minutes it has taken me to post this). I am generally much to busy fighting for the values of freedom and justice that I think the Founding Father’s were most loyal to. So I will leave just this post for all of you “Patriots”; food for thought as they say.
    Truth Justice & Peace,
    Ken O’Keefe
    Let the True Patriots Rise!

    “If you love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”- Samuel Adams

    “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never will be.” – Thomas Jefferson

    “Should I keep back my opinions through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason toward my country and an act of disloyalty toward the majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.” – Patrick Henry

    “Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God.”-Thomas Jefferson

    “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”- Benjamin Franklin

    “Why of course the people don’t want war … But after all it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship …Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.” – Hermann Goering, Nazi leader at the Nuremberg Trials after World War II

    “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.”- Albert Einstein