February 25, 2003
I find the human shields building up in Iraq fascinating. I am somewhat disappointed by the facile criticism one often hears about them (idiots supporting Saddam), as that collapses down the complex nature and substance of this endeavour (i.e. right or wrong, the human story unfolding interests me). "This article":http://www.commondreams.org/headlines03/0225-05.htm reveals some information about one of them, with additional info on a few others. I would be too paralysed by doubts one way or the other over this complex mess to feel such absolute conviction, but I hugely respect their courage to follow through on their principles. I nevertheless feel that the US will simply bomb installations regardless of human shields, and that they will sadly die in vain. I really do hope I am wrong.
*update:* "recent comments by General Franks":http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-2437974,00.html suggest that human shields will make little difference...
Posted by Ian at February 25, 2003 08:54 PM