Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Proposals for anti-war activists

Christopher Hitchens has four suggestions for those who are oppose the war. For example, they could start protesting the use of landmines against Iraqi civilians, police, and the coalition forces. Or, they could bring back the idea of being human shields.
2) What happened to the human shields? I didn't think it was wise or principled of certain activists to go to Baghdad in 2003 and swear to put themselves between Iraqi civilians and undue harm. (To most Iraqis and Kurds, they looked like sheepish guards who were standing between Saddam Hussein and what was rightly coming to him, and there were protests at their presence. And they did seem to leave when things became nasty.) But the idea of witnessing for peace in this manner has its attractions. That new hero, Rep. John Murtha, repeated a familiar slur the other day, attacking Karl Rove for supporting the war from an air-conditioned office—as if a person with a White House job has no right to an opinion on the war. But would not now be the ideal time for those who hate war to go to Iraq and stand outside the mosques, hospitals, schools, and women's centers that are daily subjected to murderous assaults? This would write an imperishable page in the history of American dissent.
Of course, the whole idea of being a human shield against American military action presupposes a level of humanity in the American forces that just doesn't seem to be there with the terrorists in Iraq. But, if they're the minutemen that Michael Moore thinks they are, perhaps, being a human shield is something that these anti-war protestors might want to engage in.

Read the rest of Hitchens' column. It's very fine satire.