Sunday, January 31, 2010

'Ordinary Courage', extraordinary bulls**t

Remember the human shields determined to thwart Saddam Hussein's forced removal from power? Australian Donna Mulhearn did very little actual shielding but did firmly establish her leftist credentials by telling everyone she was a 'human shield" and has now written a book about her experiences as a would be protector of despots. It will interesting to see if see her memoirs include her observations of civilian-killing American soldiers:

Mulhearn said she witnessed “the deliberate targeting of civilians by US snipers. I saw dozens of bodies of women and children that had been shot and killed by US forces. I also witnessed US forces refusing the delivery of medical aid and food to people who were wounded and starving.

“The US forces closed Fallujah city hospital so that it was only used to treat American soldiers. As a result, hundreds died due to lack of medical facilities. There were so many deaths that the people had to dig up the local football ground and convert it to a cemetery.

“The second siege on Fallujah [last November] was much worse. It flattened the entire city and it has never recovered.”

Mulhearn's book, "Ordinary Courage", to be launched by "journalist and author Antony Loewenstein", is praised by John Pilger:

In this powerful memoir, Donna Mulhearn’s courage and principles stand in damning contrast to the lies told in our name. I salute her.

As if Mulhearn wasn't lying in claiming she witnessed American snipers deliberate killing women and children. And does she or her publisher seriously think Loewenstein launching her book will do anything to enhance her credibility?

If Mulhearn and her human shield colleagues had done their jobs they'd have died protecting Saddam and his bloodthirsty mates but that didn't happen, now did it? It was a double fail for the human shields.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What utter nonsense. The 'human shields' weren't there to protect Saddam Hussein; they were there to symbolically protect the Iraqi people from slaughter by US and allies bombs.

Anyway, well done for promoting the book - even if that wasn't your intention!

9:23 AM  
Anonymous KJI said...

Anonymous: I'm sure you'll agree with the following, then...

"What utter nonsense. Doing business in [insert country with murderous right-wing dictatorship] doesn't support [insert name of right-wing tin-pot dictator]; doing business there supports local people."

No doubt you supported Australian business in Indonesia when it was ruled by Suharto, the Philippines when it was controlled by Marcos, and so on.

What's that? You need to speak up; we can't hear you...

3:11 PM  
Anonymous Dan Lewis said...

I was waiting for the day when the 'human shields' were going to visit Sderot to (symbolically or otherwise) protect the local Jewish residents from the tens of thousands of missiles fired at them by Islamic Jihadists.

Now I realise they must have been busy writing books instead...

3:50 PM  
Anonymous Enid said...

What sort of person refers to their own actions as courage?

7:50 AM  
Anonymous Bruce said...

Enid, such self-aggrandisement as Mulhearn's is behaviour typical of individuals some of my more charitable associates refer to as "tracer-bait".

As for the US military chucking out locals to use the Fallujah hospital for themselves: what a crock!!

Why would they use a festering, third-world rat hole in the middle of a combat zone in preference to their own fantastic mobile field hospitals?

3:03 PM  
Anonymous Enid said...

Self-aggrandisement... I think that sums it up perfectly. I note that Donna Mulhearn used to be in PR. She clearly hasn't lost her touch. I suspect the book will sell 500 copies, be remaindered and then pulped. Perhaps it will end up as recycled toilet paper...

4:16 PM  

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