Human Shield Movement to Iran
today claimed its 10,000th pledge volunteer and warned President Bush that any
attempt at military intervention against
would be met by a massive mobilization of human shields.
human shield movement to Iran has been mobilizing for over three years now using
online mechanisms such as Pledge Bank to secure volunteers willing to travel to
Iran to position themselves around civilian infrastructure sites in order to try
and prevent what they believe would be a catastrophic and unjustified attack.
Whilst it is expected that most missiles will be directed at military
installations the human shields are concerned that sites in the Iranian capital
will also be targeted. Today Steven Morris from
was the 10,000th person to pledge himself as human shield volunteer. Volunteers
from 22 countries have already pledged themselves to the mission and are
currently in the latter stages of preparation in order to be ready to travel to
"at very short notice".
Human Shield Movement gained global prominence in the 2003 when several hundreds
Western civilians of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities descended on
in an attempt to prevent the invasion. The movement came out of hibernation in
President Bush's State of the Union in February 2005 and have been collecting
pledges of people willing to go to Iran should an invasion look imminent.
Iranians forming human
chain in Isfahan (January 2006)
Organizers hope that by organizing early they will be able to mount a sizeable
group of volunteers willing to try and stop a future destructive folly in the
Middle East. The Human Shield Mission to
only had a matter of weeks to organize before the start of 'Operation Shock and
Awe' and as a result the number of human shields in
was not great enough to provide an effective deterrent.
Today, a powerfully-worded warning was sent to the White House listing the
shields who are willing to risk their lives to try and prevent further illegal
military intervention in the Gulf.
Steven Morris, the 10,000th pledge member of the movement said today
fully committed to going to Iran
to try and stop an attack on
Iran. I demonstrated against the
war and it made no difference. Having ten thousand Westerners will make the
war-mongers think twice before they attack
Iran. I do not support the Ahmadinejad regime but
if we ignore international law and start bombing a sovereign nation that has not
deviated from its obligations under the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty and
offers no direct threat to any nation, the world will be an much more dangerous
spokesperson for the movement, David Tyler said today;
"Travelling to Iran
as human shields is the 'last resort' but it seems that an attack on
is not just a real possibility but an imminent reality. The military and
political maneuvers all seem to point to one thing, The unproven allegations
that Iran is arming insurgents in Iran, the labeling of the Revolutionary Guard
as terrorists, the increased military spending, the build up of forces on the
Iranian borders and the unverified and unverifiable claims about Iran's nuclear
weapons program have left us in little doubt that time is running out.
Traditional methods of protest are ineffective in the face of the neo-Con
determination to implement their global vision.
now have our 10,000th pledge member and whilst we recognize that many of these
people will not be able to actually travel to Tehran,
many have already arranged Iranian visas and are ready to travel to
at short notice. None of the shields want to die but all are unwilling to sit by
and wait for politicians to launch another disastrous war in their name. It is
up to each and every one of us to do everything in our power to prevent a
dangerously misguided foreign policy. Many people cannot join the movement
because of commitments to family and dependents but it is incumbent on all of us
to do something to our opposition to war which will once again be carried out in
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