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Human Shield Britons Quit Baghdad

I guess they figured being a human shield could be a little dangerous.
Almost all of the first British "human shields" to go to Iraq were on their way home last night after deciding that their much-heralded task was now too dangerous.


Godfrey Meynell [centre] with other human shields at Baghdad South power station
Two red double-decker buses, which symbolised the hopes of anti-war activists when they arrived to a fanfare of publicity a fortnight ago, slipped quietly out of Baghdad on the long journey back to Britain.

Nine of the original 11 activists decided to pull out after being given an ultimatum by Iraqi officials to station themselves at targets likely to be bombed in a war or leave the country. Among those departing last night was 68-year-old Godfrey Meynell, a former High Sheriff of Derbyshire, who admitted that he was leaving out of "cold fear". He had been summoned, along with 200 other shields from all over the world, to a meeting at a Baghdad hotel yesterday morning.

Abdul Hashimi, the head of the Friendship, Peace and Solidarity organisation that is hosting the protesters, told the shields to choose between nine so-called "strategic sites" by today or quit the country.

The Iraqi warning follows frustration among Saddam Hussein's officials that only about 65 of the shields had so far agreed to take up positions at the oil refineries, power plants and water-purification sites selected by their hosts.

It heightened fears among some peace activists that they could be stationed at non-civilian sites. Mr Meynell and fellow protesters who moved into the power station in south Baghdad last weekend were dismayed to find it stood immediately next to an army base and the strategically crucial main road south to Basra. Iraqi officials said there was little point in guarding what they considered to be low-risk targets.

Iraq's decision to force the pace was welcomed by some of the 20 Britons remaining in Baghdad. "It's only fair," said Uzma Bashir, 32, a college lecturer who is one of the team leaders.

"We've come here as shields to defend sites and now the Iraqis are asking us to make our choice."

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OMG this is hilarious 01.Mar.2003 21:51

Anand

This is incredible. Some of the lemmings have come to their senses and before it was too late. I shared this with a couple friends and we couldn't stop laughing.

hey, 'Anand' 01.Mar.2003 23:36

query

would you care to explain the humor of the entire situation, for all of us who aren't in the know?

what, in particular, did you find so funny?

also:

what brought you to Portland IMC in the first place?

identity of 'Anand', etc. 02.Mar.2003 00:16

antitroll

Its funny all the RightWingNut trolls currently infesting this site love to bay for blood and war behind the safety of a computer screen. If you love war so much, prove it and go and fight your own. Gutless cowards and pigs they all are.

Another thing, who are these people like "f" that have crawled onto this site [very] recently, This guy sounds suspiciously like the troll formerly known as "!" and "."

Hell, if you look at the following posts, the posters "sf," "s," and "v" sound like the same person. Also, "Anand" and "Pratar Yulaia" are also suspiciously similar.

 http://portland.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=46780&group=webcast

 http://portland.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=46764&group=webcast

 http://portland.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=46758&group=webcast

More Freeper dirty tricks committed by Freeper refugees perhaps? The Freepers--like the Right Wing in general--specialize in manufacturing the illusion of popular sentiment and support which they don't have. This is the only way they can promoted and advance their bloodthirsty agenda. Just check out the all the War Lies spewed by the Bu$h and Blair Regimes as evidence.

 http://www.sfgate.com/technology/local/

correct 02.Mar.2003 00:40

AP

"specialize in manufacturing the illusion of popular sentiment"
correct
correct

Err, your racism is showing 03.Mar.2003 07:00

John

Err, anti-troll, your racism is showing.

> Also, "Anand" and "Pratar Yulaia" are also suspiciously > similar.

What is this supposed to mean? Do all comments from Middle-Eastern/Indians sound the same to you?