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Some of the deluded “human shields” who let themselves be used by the monster Saddam are coming home with all their blinkered Western naivete stripped away. (Hat tip: jdwill.)

A group of American anti-war demonstrators who came to Iraq with Japanese human shield volunteers made it across the border today with 14 hours of uncensored video, all shot without Iraqi government minders present. Kenneth Joseph, a young American pastor with the Assyrian Church of the East, told UPI the trip “had shocked me back to reality.” Some of the Iraqis he interviewed on camera “told me they would commit suicide if American bombing didn’t start. They were willing to see their homes demolished to gain their freedom from Saddam’s bloody tyranny. They convinced me that Saddam was a monster the likes of which the world had not seen since Stalin and Hitler. He and his sons are sick sadists. Their tales of slow torture and killing made me ill, such as people put in a huge shredder for plastic products, feet first so they could hear their screams as bodies got chewed up from foot to head.”

But some of them are such barking moonbats they even creep out their Iraqi handlers. (Hat tip: William.)

“We have a bad impression of the human shields. Some of them are crazy,” said an Iraqi Foreign Ministry official, who requested anonymity.

“Yes, there are some fruitcakes among us,” said Marc Eubanks, a Wyoming native and Air Force veteran who now lives in Athens, Greece. He was referring to some anarchists, who he said could provoke major culture clashes with Iraqi officials at joint meetings.

“But nobody can tell me that we haven’t been an outstanding success,” said Eubanks, who has been living at the Dura Electrical Power Plant, which supplies a third of Baghdad’s electricity and was bombed in the Gulf War. “We were poorly organized, but we lurched forward.”

The Bush administration has said little about the human shields. In February, a State Department spokeswoman responded to a reporter’s question about why they were in Iraq by saying, “You might as well ask me why moths fly into porch lights.”

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