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"Preparations for the dreaded bombing raids are now being made in earnest. Every where windows and glass doors are being taped up. Crates of bottled water are being delivered in haste. ... Most people here seem to be dealing with threat of bombing with a degree of stoic calm ... As Asmaa said: “We're not afraid for ourselves, only for our children”." Waratah, human shield & independent news source

Preparations for the Bombing Raids

Latest Report: 16th March 2003

Report from Iraq by Waratah (Rosemarie Gillespie)
human shield and independent news source.

Preparations for the dreaded bombing raids are now being made in earnest.  Every where windows and glass doors are being taped up.  Crates of bottled water are being delivered in haste.  The price of bottled water is going up.  So is the price of a taxi fare to the border.  Most people here seem to be dealing with threat of bombing with a degree of stoic calm, going about their business, making the necessary preparations.  As Asmaa (quoted in “Women in Iraq”) said: “WE ARE NOT AFRAID ANY MORE.  WE’RE USED TO IT.  WE’RE NOT AFRAID FOR OURSELVES, ONLY FOR OUR CHILDREN”.   Asmaa has two small children, a three year old girl, Meriam, and a four moths old baby boy, Omar.  Will they survive the bombing?

Sometimes I have to stop and ask myself if it is just a nightmare, that I will wake up and find it is only a bad dream.  The thought of Australian Air Force pilots, as well as American ones, bombing Baghdad, possibly blowing up one of the five  Australian “Human Shields” or any of the other human shields for that matter, or little children like Meriam and Omar, seems not only cruel, but stupid too!  Both the American and Australian Government have bent to the corporate profit imperative, this time for the oil companies.  In Bougainville, successive Australian and Papua New Guinean governments bent to the corporate profit imperative of Rio Tinto and its daughter company CRA, which it subsequently cannibalized.


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