Even more bizarre than some of the reporting in and from Iraq are some of the protests against the coalition happening around the world.
First we have Americans in Oakland, CA, supporting their troops by preventing the loading of troop-bound supply ships. That’s hypocritical and stupid, but in the end, unimaginative.
Far more interesting stuff is happening in Pakistan, where shopkeepers have voluntarily closed their doors for a day. Yep, that’s right, they are so MAD at the coalition that they are refusing to sell goods to their fellow Pakistanis, refusing to earn income for the day, refusing to… for the life of me, I can’t see how taking a vacation day makes their point. I guess it’s the same here in the US, where we give government workers a day off to honor our veterans (but make the veterans keep working)… and where we ALL take a day off work to celebrate “labor.”
But, I’ll cast my vote for most imaginative protest to the Lithuanian MP who has suggested that women use their “natural weapon” to protest by refusing to have sex with any man who voices support for the coalition.
Personally I’ll be doing my part by refusing to have sex with Pakistani shopkeepers. This will be tougher than it sounds, as I’ve got the rest of the week off and seriously have lots of time on my hands.
Editor’s note: this post was originally published on my first blog, “A Blogger Looks at Forty,” in 2003 when the War on Terror was still young and widely supported.