Monday, June 18, 2007


Human shields?

Seven Afghan children were killed in a U.S. airstrike. The spokesperson for the U.S. military says:
"This is another example of al-Qaeda using the protective status of a mosque, as well as innocent civilians, to shield themselves."
He didn't actually use the phrase "human shields," at least not in that quote, but White House spokesperson Tony Snow did, as has every TV report I've heard on various channels.

But think about it for just one second. Another "coalition" spokesperson says:

"If we knew that there were children inside the building, there was no way that that airstrike would have occurred."
Not that I believe him, but if the alleged Taliban (or anyone else) really wanted to use "human shields," wouldn't that only work if the shields were, you know, visible? Like the one shown here. Invisible shields may work great in science fiction. But in the real world, the idea of a hidden human shield is as preposterous as the idea that the U.S. actually tries to find out (or cares) who's inside the buildings they're bombing from thousands of feet in the air. Not as long as they can count on the corporate media to dutifully repeat the "human shields" story.

Update: Lawrence of Cyberia documents Israeli use of real human shields.

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