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'HUMAN SHIELDS' GATHERING IN BAGHDAD
nypost ^ | 2-14-03 | Sameer N. Yacoub

Posted on 02/14/2003 5:17:12 AM PST by Jimmyclyde

'HUMAN SHIELDS' GATHERING IN BAGHDAD By SAMEER N. YACOUB Associated Press Writer

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BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) . American and European peace activists wrapped their arms around posts on a bridge over the Tigris River on Thursday, symbolizing their intent to act as human shields in any U.S. war on Iraq.

The 14 activists, mostly from Italy, were one of the first groups here using the ``shield'' title, which suggests they might place their bodies at potential targets to deter bombing. But they acknowledged their mission was only a gesture meant to try to deter an invasion to topple Saddam Hussein.

``I have no intention of being a martyr,'' Canadian Roberta Taman said. ``I'm here because I believe that the world wants peace and that we can achieve peace.''

The campaigners, organized as the Iraq Peace Team, have been draping banners over public facilities in Baghdad this week . an electricity station, a water treatment plant and, on Thursday, the Martyrs Bridge over the Tigris. ``Bombing This Site Is A War Crime,'' the banners read.

Dozens of other ``human shields'' . Europeans and Americans . obtained visas at the Iraqi Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, on Tuesday and were also headed for Iraq, riding in double-decker buses.

``A country that can hardly provide water for its citizens cannot be a threat to the world,'' Ignacio Cano of Spain said.

Some of the activists charge that the Geneva Conventions governing the practices of war make it a crime to attack facilities essential to civilian life, as the U.S. military did in the 1991 Gulf War when its bombs knocked out Iraq's electricity system.

Standing on the bridge, Iraq Peace Team leader Kathy Kelly of Chicago said, ``You can imagine what this city would be like if it were cut off when some people need desperately to get to a hospital or to connect with the people on the other side.''

In New York on Thursday, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the 15 Security Council members were meeting to discuss the potential humanitarian consequences of a war in Iraq.

The U.N. refugee agency said it is concerned about possible shortages of food, drinking water, winterized shelters, sanitation, and other basic services. It says 600,000 Iraqis might flee to neighboring countries if war breaks out.

As peace groups here and around the world readied for marches and rallies Saturday in protest of U.S. war plans, the U.N. arms inspectors in Iraq quietly went about another day's business Thursday.

Among other missions, a U.N. chemical team began the neutralization of mustard gas from 10 artillery shells at the former al-Muthanna chemical weapons installation in the desert northwest of Baghdad.

The 155mm shells, whose complete neutralization is expected to take another two or three days, were the first banned weapons destroyed by the U.N. teams in the new round of inspections that began last Nov. 27. The shells were actually inventoried by previous U.N. inspectors in the 1990s, but were not destroyed before that inspections regime collapsed in 1998.

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To: Jimmyclyde
2 birds with one JDAM.
51 posted on 02/14/2003 5:51:07 AM PST by ScholarWarrior
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To: AppyPappy
You mean this guy?


52 posted on 02/14/2003 5:53:18 AM PST by far sider
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To: yendu bwam
>You can imagine what this city would be like if it were cut off when some people need desperately to get to a hospital or to connect with the people on the other side.

I guess they have HMO's in Baghdad too.
53 posted on 02/14/2003 5:57:11 AM PST by nomorecameljocks
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To: far sider
Here's the last group of human shields used by Iraqis

At the end of the Gulf War, retreating Iraqis took about 30,000 Kuwaitis hostage in order to use them as human shields. The target presented doesn't always get identified as such.

Throughout history, civilians have always had higher casualty rates than the men under arms. This is one of the more pedantic reasons one observes refugees departing their homes with no clear destination and why people take up arms to fight....to defend themselves.

54 posted on 02/14/2003 6:01:16 AM PST by Cvengr
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To: nomorecameljocks
I guess they have HMO's in Baghdad too.

That's where Saddam goes for his VD treatments, only he usually sends a double...

55 posted on 02/14/2003 6:05:26 AM PST by yendu bwam
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To: Jimmyclyde
Cool, more cannon fodder
56 posted on 02/14/2003 6:10:13 AM PST by holdmuhbeer
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To: Jimmyclyde

Liberals are all---consciously or unconsciously---suicidal freaks.

Everything they do is a projection of that fact.

Before evolution became devolution, there used to be something that handled 'freaks of nature' called NATURAL SELECTION. Can the Planet of the Apes be far off?

57 posted on 02/14/2003 6:15:31 AM PST by Knuckle Sandwich Combo
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To: Jimmyclyde
Stupid is as stupid does.

Think I heard that somewhere.

58 posted on 02/14/2003 6:19:37 AM PST by Scott from the Left Coast (HHE)
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To: hapy; All
agreed, to a point.

god can forgive me or not, and it really doesn't matter.

i truly hope that not all of these pieces of shi'ite are killed in the first wave.
it would be satisfying to think that a few of 'em survive long enough to
get on daddy's cell phone and transmit the sound of bowels being emptied as the second wave approaches ...

59 posted on 02/14/2003 6:22:39 AM PST by tomkat
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To: Jimmyclyde
``A country that can hardly provide water for its citizens cannot be a threat to the world,'' Ignacio Cano of Spain said.

That's right, a country that WON'TT provide water to its citizens couldn't produce any anthrax or mustard gas or VX or...oops!

I'm going to rename you Ignacio Cabeza de la Mierda...

60 posted on 02/14/2003 6:23:51 AM PST by hellinahandcart
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To: Jimmyclyde
Unfortunately, these people had no choice in the matter. How quickly these liberals forget......


61 posted on 02/14/2003 6:25:53 AM PST by b4its2late (YOU DESERVE WHAT YOU ACCEPT)
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To: tomkat
I remember some "human shield" types in Bethlehem last year, who were very surprised to learn that the IDF fired weapons with real bullets in them. Heeheehee!
62 posted on 02/14/2003 6:26:26 AM PST by hellinahandcart
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To: hellinahandcart
"I'm going to rename you Ignacio Cabeza de la Mierda..."


ROTFL!


63 posted on 02/14/2003 6:27:12 AM PST by conservativemusician
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To: Jimmyclyde
And the DARWIN AWARD nominees are....

In the dumbest way to die in a Mid East nation category....
64 posted on 02/14/2003 6:29:03 AM PST by finnman69 (!)
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To: Jimmyclyde
But they acknowledged their mission was only a gesture.....

Describes liberalism quite well.

65 posted on 02/14/2003 6:30:39 AM PST by Mind-numbed Robot
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To: Principled
Yeah, "Darwin" indeed. Time to thin out some of the human race's bad apples.

LOL.

66 posted on 02/14/2003 6:30:53 AM PST by The Toad
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To: hellinahandcart


67 posted on 02/14/2003 6:31:05 AM PST by tomkat
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To: conservativemusician
You can't help but pick up a little essential Spanish when you live in New York. ;D
68 posted on 02/14/2003 6:31:28 AM PST by hellinahandcart
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
"Standing on the bridge, Iraq Peace Team leader Kathy Kelly of Chicago said, ``You can imagine what this city would be like if it were cut off when some people need desperately to get to a hospital or to connect with the people on the other side.''

Lip service, the General in charge already said they weren't going to hit any bridges or "civillian infrastructure". If they are serious, they need to be standing in Saddamn's bedroom.

69 posted on 02/14/2003 6:35:07 AM PST by Hatteras (The Thundering Herd Of Turtles ROCK!)
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To: AppyPappy
The good thing about human shields is the bombs will be cushioned by the human shields and wont be scratched as a result.
70 posted on 02/14/2003 6:35:09 AM PST by finnman69 (!)
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To: AppyPappy; Dataman; dead
You know, the spectacle of these card-carrying, brass-plated, wide-eyed, spittle-flecked, ankle-biting idiots forming a Lemming-Palooza over to Baghdad... it's almost enough to make you believe in Darwinism.

Almost.

Dan

71 posted on 02/14/2003 6:40:12 AM PST by BibChr
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To: hellinahandcart
Si, mi amiga.
72 posted on 02/14/2003 6:46:36 AM PST by conservativemusician
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To: Jimmyclyde
"Human Shields" equals "Human Torches"...and I wish I could roast hot dogs on their flaming corpses!
73 posted on 02/14/2003 6:57:26 AM PST by meandog
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To: meandog
DAMN...that Jesse Jackson is coming out agin.....
74 posted on 02/14/2003 6:59:05 AM PST by Caliban ("We are not romantic people! We are the Sega generation.")
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To: tomkat
That sir is one NASTY picture!
75 posted on 02/14/2003 6:59:34 AM PST by Jimmyclyde
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To: Jimmyclyde
Instead of: "Give peace a chance"

It's: "Give peace my ass"

76 posted on 02/14/2003 7:00:35 AM PST by Theophilus
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To: Jimmyclyde
What, no French?
77 posted on 02/14/2003 7:05:11 AM PST by hope (Hollywood leftist and Saddam share talking points...)
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To: Jimmyclyde
INSTRUCTIONS FOR HUMAN SHIELDS:

Try to position yourselves at Anti Aircraft missle sites,
Scud missle launchers, Command and control installations,
Military bases, and Headquarters of the Palestinian Army
and Republican Guard. These locations will allow you to
make your case most effectively.
78 posted on 02/14/2003 7:06:44 AM PST by latrans (Live Free or Die)
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To: Jimmyclyde
when i think of the american lives that that machine will save,
it makes the taxes we all kicked in to pay for it seem like money very well spent.

i don't believe that any enlightened individual is 'happy' that we've been forced into this corner,
but our failure to deal with this dilemna now will redound to our generational shame ...

79 posted on 02/14/2003 7:07:19 AM PST by tomkat
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To: BibChr
it's almost enough to make you believe in Darwinism.

If they were consistend with their worldview, there wouldn't be any right or wrong so they wouldn't be protesting --although they still might be spittle-flecked.

80 posted on 02/14/2003 7:24:16 AM PST by Dataman
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To: Jimmyclyde
Peacepunks annoy the living daylights outta me! I'm surrounded by them here and was once even a Peace Studies secretary. I know a bit about how they think (or don't think). All this idealism they're fed will end up with their being slaughtered. They mean well, I'm sure, and they're good people but they've been brainwashed. It will be sad for them when they lie in pieces thanks to Mr. Hussein and his idiots.
81 posted on 02/14/2003 7:56:25 AM PST by Marysecretary
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To: hope
Did you expect any?
82 posted on 02/14/2003 8:03:46 AM PST by Marysecretary
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To: Marysecretary
They have GOT to make this a humorous opening skit on the next SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE!
83 posted on 02/14/2003 8:09:58 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Now THAT would be worth watching (smile).
84 posted on 02/14/2003 8:39:57 AM PST by Marysecretary
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To: Jimmyclyde
Their next protest...

By the way...Hillary always takes a morning swim.

85 posted on 02/14/2003 8:45:50 AM PST by geedee
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To: Jimmyclyde

Yoo Hoo, Human Shields

Before it‘s too late. This one's on me.

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86 posted on 02/14/2003 9:13:00 AM PST by OneLoyalAmerican (I speak German: Internationales appeasement gefällt "altem Europa" Deutschland!)
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To: Jimmyclyde
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) . American and European peace activists wrapped their arms around posts on a bridge over the Tigris River on Thursday, symbolizing their intent to act as human shields in any U.S. war on Iraq."

This is a dream come true. Come one come all. Hollywood types, anarchists,cowards,Senators,......no need to apply....just come....please.

87 posted on 02/14/2003 9:38:42 AM PST by FryingPan101 (I love Rummy!)
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To: Jimmyclyde
``A country that can hardly provide water for its citizens cannot be a threat to the world,''

One of the more stupid quotes out the day.
88 posted on 02/14/2003 10:50:14 AM PST by plain talk
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To: Jimmyclyde
bttt
89 posted on 02/14/2003 1:58:25 PM PST by Brad’s Gramma (See Grampa Dave's Tag Line)
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To: Marysecretary
no
90 posted on 02/14/2003 5:06:17 PM PST by hope (Hollywood leftist and Saddam share talking points...)
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To: Jimmyclyde
To peaceniks the world over, can you say KABOOM!!
91 posted on 02/14/2003 5:30:29 PM PST by redheadtoo
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To: Jimmyclyde
Whichever network keeps their cameras trained on these clowns when the attacks start will win the ratings game for the war.
92 posted on 02/14/2003 5:38:16 PM PST by gitmo ("The course of this conflict is not known, yet its outcome is certain." GWB)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Future Darwin Award Winners convention. The location of next year's 2nd annual Future Darwin Award Winners convention has yet to be determined pending the number of idiots that learned for this year's conventioneers mistake.
93 posted on 02/14/2003 5:45:53 PM PST by Diana Rose (I hate all things french)
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To: Jimmyclyde
I don't believe in the death penalty for being a well-meaning but misguided idiot, so I hope that these folks are actually siding with Hussein. Whatever else they may be, they're certainly candidates for a Darwin award.
94 posted on 02/14/2003 5:55:57 PM PST by John Jorsett
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Bet the first words out of these idiot's mouths when the bombing starts will be either...

They aren't suppost to do that

or

Their are like really bombing us.
95 posted on 02/14/2003 5:59:01 PM PST by Diana Rose (I hate all things french)
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To: Diana Rose
suppose = suppost
96 posted on 02/14/2003 6:02:15 PM PST by Diana Rose (I hate all things french)
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To: Jimmyclyde
Fair's Fair!

Food for the Iraq civilians

Depends for the "shields"! Maybe we should also include panty shields!

97 posted on 02/14/2003 6:08:07 PM PST by Young Werther
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To: Jimmyclyde
Imagine if we'd have know about 9-11 in advance. I'm sure these people would have volunteered to sit on the planes, hang out on the top floors of the WTC or in the Pentagon all to prevent the peace loving Muslims from being forced to attack us for our imperialist ways.

In fact, why not have them at places like the Golden Gate and Bay bridges, the Washington monument and random flights out of Logan, Newark, JFK and Reagan airports?

They could also hang out at any shop in Israel, too. In fact, some reporter should ask why they don't. I'd love to hear their answers.

98 posted on 02/14/2003 7:46:15 PM PST by Lx (So it's now, Duct tape and cover?)
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