Jewish World Review March 18, 2003 / 14 Adar II, 5763
No longer shielded from reality
Yes, five of those self-anointed
ambassadors of peace, including two Americans,
were forced out of Iraq this week because they
couldn't agree with the Iraqis about where they
should be deployed.
I don't know why the naivety of these people still
shocks me. The shields wanted to remain at locations
"essential to the civilian population" like hospitals and food
The Iraqis had no use for them there. No, they want
them at strategic locations like oil refineries and power
plants. More than half of them have already left Iraq
because "the level of trust just wasn't there." They felt
misled by Saddam's officials.
Why are these people surprised Saddam has no
interest in protecting civilian sites? Saddam knows the U.S.
won't try to attack purely civilian targets. In fact, he would
encourage us to do it for use in his worldwide P.R.
offensive. More importantly, he doesn't care about civilians,
I mean, just a tiny bit of research could have saved
these false heroes and heroines a long frustrating and
embarrassing trip to Baghdad. Their frustration illustrates the
very reason Saddam is such an international menace. He's a
liar, only interested in his arsenal of weapons with no
concern for civilian life. Now, when and how to disarm him?
Separate question, but these shields learned the hard way
that shielding Saddam just can't be an option.
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