Kerhonkson, United States
Feb 15, 03 — I had committed myself to going to Iraq as a Human Shield. We were an international group of activists protesting the war by going to Iraq and living on civilian infrastructure sites to try and protect them from being bombed, just by the publicity of our being there.
I was performing civil disobedience, since the US banned travel to Iraq; US citizens were not permitted to meet face to face with those people whom their govenment planned to bomb, tear apart their country, try to set them against each other, and then steal their oil.
My flight to Amman, Jordan was booked for February 16th, so on the 15th, as the entire world turned out into the streets to march against the war. I marched around my house in Kerhonkson NY, carrying out final responsibilities, before I headed for the streets of Baghdad.
I emailed the UN Security Council members telling them, Veto the US and UK Plan for War Against Iraq! I watered my plants. I vacuumed. I packed. I had found a doctor who would give me medication to bring with me in case I got dysentary in Iraq, and drove to his office.
It was full of poor people, black, white, Hispanic, one man was lame, another had an injured hand, a young mother sat with her sleeping baby. The doctor was businesslike and very kind. I told him I was going to Iraq and he said he would give me a free sample of Cipro.
He would leave it taped to the window on his office porch, and I could pick it up the next day. My friend from Brooklyn, who was going to the airport with me the next day, called to know what I still needed.
She was going into Manhattan and could pick things up I hadn’t had time to get. If there’s a bombing, I told her, the water treatment plants will go out again. There won’t be electricity. Get a very good water filter, one that could handle water that hadn’t been treated at all.