How are the "human shields" doing?
Well, some are still serving the Iraqi government
It is not known how many human shields remained in Iraq, although there were estimates that more than 100 were heading to the country during the buildup to this week's attack by the U.S.-led coalition.
The volunteers at Al-Douri said they knew of at least five other Americans elsewhere in the country. But many civilians left days ago.
Yeah, like this former human shield
I wanted to join the human shields in Baghdad because it was direct action which had a chance of bringing the anti-war movement to the forefront of world attention. It was inspiring: the human shield volunteers were making a sacrifice for their political views - much more of a personal investment than going to a demonstration in Washington or London. It was simple - you get on the bus and you represent yourself.
So that is exactly what I did on the morning of Saturday, January 25.
It took a conversation with a taxi driver to make him realize what an idiot he'd been.
I was shocked when I first met a pro-war Iraqi in Baghdad - a taxi driver taking me back to my hotel late at night. I explained that I was American and said, as we shields always did, "Bush bad, war bad, Iraq good". He looked at me with an expression of incredulity.
The driver's most emphatic statement was: "All Iraqi people want this war." He seemed convinced that civilian casualties would be small; he had such enormous faith in the American war machine to follow through on its promises. Certainly more faith than any of us had.
Anyone with half a brain must see that Saddam has to be taken out. It is extraordinarily ironic that the anti-war protesters are marching to defend a government which stops its people exercising that freedom.
Yes. Yes it is.