The ragtag collectioon of nitwits that deployed themselves to Iraq to act as human shields seem to be coming to their senses:
A dozen peace activists who went to Iraq to serve as human shields in the event of war returned home amid fears for their safety, a spokesman said Sunday.
One wonders if they ever looked up the word shield– the whole point of them going was for them to take the blow- not to stop anyone from attacking military targets. It was such a stupid concept that it was widely ridiculed, because there was absolutely no point to it, and in the end, all they were doing was aiding and abetting a tyrant.
This about sums it up:
The eccentric, eclectic group, none of whom fitted the “peacenik” stereotype, may have been drawn from all ages, backgrounds and experience, but they all shared one trait: naivety. Beset by problems on the road, lack of sufficient funds or a clear, universally-shared agenda, most had been tested beyond their limits before they even arrived in Iraq.
Their entire mission was to soak up bombs and bullets, so I am not sure how they did not have a ‘universally shared agenda.’
Bruce, a 24-year-old Canadian wearing a T-shirt saying “I don’t want to die”, was one of a group of tanned young men who were drafted into protect a grain store. Initially, he, like others, had concerns about the sites, which included an oil refinery, a water purification plant and electricity stations. He was won over when the Iraqis provided televisions, VCRs, telephones and a Play Station.
“Dr Hashimi has explained that we help the population more by staying in the ‘strategic sites’,” he explained. His friend added: “We play football in the afternoons and the Iraqis bring us cartons of cigarettes. It’s just like summer camp.”
My head hurts. If there are any more of these nitwits in Baghdad when we finally attack, I am going to suggest targeting them. They have earned it.