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Human Shield to Protect Iraq

by reuters Sunday, Sep. 15, 2002 at 5:50 AM

Anti-war British lawmaker George Galloway will call for international volunteers to form a human shield in Baghdad to try to thwart any attack after he flies to Iraq on Saturday.

http://www.miami.com/mld/miami/news/world/4069422.htm
Reuters. 13 September 2002. British Lawmaker Wants Human Shield to Protect Iraq.

LONDON -- Anti-war British lawmaker George Galloway will call for
international volunteers to form a human shield in Baghdad to try to
thwart any attack after he flies to
Iraq on Saturday.

"One of the ideas will be an international peace brigade of volunteers
from around the world. People who will go to Iraq and offer themselves
to be witnesses to what may well be about to happen," parliamentarian
George Galloway told Reuters on Friday.

He expected significant numbers of Britons to come forward.

Asked if it would in effect constitute a human shield of people trying
to prevent any bombing raids, he said: "A voluntary one, yes."

He said: "There are many, many millions of British people who are
determined that the Iraqi people will not be bombed in their name."

Galloway, who met President Saddam Hussein last month and has tirelessly
campaigned against war with Iraq, is going to Iraq for the Baghdad peace
conference -- an international group that meets every six months.

"It would normally have met in November, but it has been brought forward
to Monday because of the emergency," said Galloway, a member of Prime
Minister Tony Blair's Labour Party.

Galloway said President Bush was intent on war and had used his speech
to the United Nations in New York on Thursday as a smokescreen tryingto
hide his true intentions.

"It is clear that yesterday's performance in New York was simply a ruse
to pretend that some sort of recourse to the U.N. and diplomacy was
going to be sought," he said.

"I suspect that while war is never inevitable... it is looking
increasingly more likely," Galloway added.

Galloway urged the U.N. Security Council to stand up to what he called
the bullying tactics of the Bush administration.

"If it wants to avoid global turmoil it will stand up and insist upon
taking charge of this matter itself," he said.

Galloway said he did not intend staying in Baghdad with any volunteer
human peace shield. His place was in the corridors of power and on the
streets of London trying to persuade Britain to back out of a coalition
with the United States.

"It is the coalition of the mad dog and the Englishman. If we can stop
the Englishman then we can keep the whole world out of the blinding
midday sun."
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Mr. Marc Sopher Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2003 at 4:44 PM
You missed the point. Charles Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003 at 3:49 PM
Sorry, I respect those for peace but not these people Randell Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2003 at 3:45 AM
Taliban Johnny revisited Bush Admirer Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2003 at 5:59 AM
Mr. Marc Sopher Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2003 at 9:52 AM
Ms. Heather Brutz Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2003 at 5:59 PM
Right on fresca Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2003 at 6:44 PM
Love it Bush Admirer Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2003 at 7:38 PM
Human Shield Graham Stone Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003 at 7:00 AM
Mr. Marc Sopher Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003 at 11:00 AM
Mr. Marc Sopher Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003 at 1:42 PM
reply pedro Friday, Jan. 24, 2003 at 4:44 AM
X X Friday, Jan. 24, 2003 at 5:33 AM
Simple Simple Simon Friday, Jan. 24, 2003 at 9:02 AM
Distinction Marc Friday, Jan. 24, 2003 at 11:29 AM
Simple Simple Simon Friday, Jan. 24, 2003 at 12:26 PM
yea c17898 Friday, Jan. 24, 2003 at 2:00 PM
Please No War T. R.S Monday, Jan. 27, 2003 at 11:13 PM
I have a few questions for Bush Admirer and Simon Juanita Greenburg Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2003 at 5:51 AM
Mr. Marc Sopher Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2003 at 10:35 AM
Sopher = Saddam Baphomet Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2003 at 11:25 AM
Mr. Marc Sopher Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2003 at 3:48 PM
TO SIMPLE SIMON X Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2003 at 6:48 PM
Video fresca Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2003 at 6:59 PM
Sopher = Asshole dancing on graves of the dead Baphomet Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2003 at 10:46 AM
What a testosterone bath this thread has become. Juanita Greenburg Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2003 at 11:02 AM
Juanita Marc Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2003 at 11:09 AM
Excuuuuuse me! Baphomet Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2003 at 11:10 AM
Baphomet - Bloviator Marc Sopher Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2003 at 12:07 PM
Chill Highlord Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2003 at 12:14 PM
To which display of idiocy are you referring exactly? Juanita Greenburg Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2003 at 12:36 PM
Baphomet Marc Sopher Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2003 at 12:38 PM
Juanita Marc Sopher Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2003 at 12:40 PM
violence begets violence does it matter Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2003 at 5:26 PM
A tardy-gaited dewberry who probably has bad breath. Bush Admirer Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2003 at 8:21 PM
Miss Perfect Thursday, Jan. 30, 2003 at 2:05 AM
I think you're generalizing. Juanita Thursday, Jan. 30, 2003 at 7:43 AM
Defend the American People Marc Sopher Thursday, Jan. 30, 2003 at 9:01 AM
What is the point... does it matter Thursday, Jan. 30, 2003 at 4:54 PM
Cinicism or innocence João D./Portugal Friday, Jan. 31, 2003 at 9:55 AM
Mr. Gianni Scoz Friday, Jan. 31, 2003 at 10:44 AM
Smart money says Shane Wednesday, Feb. 05, 2003 at 6:39 PM
I am a Human Shield Marc Sopher Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2003 at 1:53 PM
pathetic whatever Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003 at 4:25 PM
pathetic marc sopher Friday, Feb. 14, 2003 at 3:17 PM
Home Grown Terror Diogenes Friday, Feb. 14, 2003 at 3:32 PM
To So-fur, better late than never Baphomet Friday, Feb. 14, 2003 at 4:02 PM
OxyMORONs Indeed Diogenes Friday, Feb. 14, 2003 at 7:33 PM
Why be a human shield? Marc Sopher Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003 at 9:25 AM
I guess it's not rational Sheepdog Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003 at 10:51 AM
Rightwing hypocrites Granny Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003 at 10:59 AM
Hey Granny Marc Sopher Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003 at 3:53 PM
Life is tough. Diogenes Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003 at 4:05 PM
Perhaps a Ticket for you as well? Diogenes Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003 at 6:29 PM
Why be a Human shield for Iraq? Marc Sopher Sunday, Feb. 16, 2003 at 9:30 AM
Humanity Diogenes Sunday, Feb. 16, 2003 at 3:04 PM
Not about liberation Marc Sopher Monday, Feb. 17, 2003 at 3:27 PM
Weak Sheepdog Monday, Feb. 17, 2003 at 4:52 PM
Further comments Sheepdog Monday, Feb. 17, 2003 at 5:11 PM
You Forgot a Few Points Diogenes Monday, Feb. 17, 2003 at 5:59 PM
Gosh Bush Admirer. Sheepdog Monday, Feb. 17, 2003 at 6:22 PM
Well alrighty then! Marc Sopher Monday, Feb. 17, 2003 at 8:17 PM
The picture Marc Sopher Monday, Feb. 17, 2003 at 8:22 PM
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