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Saturday, February 22, 2003

 

Human shields, part deux
I've said before that I have a deep-seated loathing for those American and European human shields, one that goes beyond the realms of reasonability and even morality. I really ought not loathe them as much as I do, but there you have it.
At any rate, two items brought them back to my attention. Salam Pax posted yesterday about his own problems with the human shields:
...what really got my goat this time was finding out that they get food coupons worth 15,000 dinars per meal, 3 for every day.fifteen thousan.
Do you know how much the monthly food ration for a 4 person family is worth, for a whole month not per meal (real cost, not subsidized) ? 30,000 dinars, if you get someone to buy the bad rice they give you for a decent price. 15,000. What are they eating? A whole lamb every meal?

Then, today on Fox News I saw a quote from a former Australian human shield who left Iraq because he (she?) felt that the Iraqi government was putting them in danger (I haven't been able to find the quote online). Well, duh. What do you think a human shield is? Did you think that it was supposed to be safe? Did you think that Saddam put civilians around his palaces and whatnot during the last Gulf War because he was concerned for their safety? For crying out loud, that's why we're about to invade! The Iraqi government is putting everyone on the planet in danger. And it's only giving a few of them 45,000 dinars a day for food.
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