L-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29802 posts, RR: 58 Posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1057 times:
US Marines are planning to release the pidgeons that they will be using as chemical weapons detectors in Bagdad when the war ends. The pigeons are being used in a simular fashion to the Canaries that coal miners used to take down with them into the shafts.
Kind of like the peace doves.
I personally think it is a nice touch. We can only hope that a large number of them will be released.
Scotty From UK - Scotland, joined Dec 1999, 1875 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1013 times:
Ah. Thats Nice. Lets hope the pigeons appreciate the symbolism and are really delighted and honoured to live amongst the smoking, polluted, radioligically and chemically uninhabitable debris of a city that once held 5 million people and one despot who, along with Western imperialist leaders will be responsible for making it so.
Alpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 984 times:
Scotty, your delusions of "imperialism" make you sound more and more like another certain member on here.
This isn't about imperialism. It's about how best to remove a cancer on the globe. Let's hope ALL those pidgeons get released. If they don't, then some nations in the world will have egg all over their face for their insistence that Saddam has been cooperating in disarmament.
777236ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 974 times:
Awww, how cute. I wonder if the dead US soldiers, the dead British and Spanish soldiers and the dead Iraqis will appreciate it. I wonder if the surviving citizens will appreciate the US leaving the country in turmoil a la Afghanistan too.
Since when did the world need MORE pidgeons anyway?
Aloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8724 posts, RR: 43
Reply 7, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 954 times:
Will be most interesting to see how they fly through all the smoke... or where they get food, or water, or a rest. I doubt their lives in freedom will last very long. After all, it's very easy to talk about peace when everybody else is dead.
Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
Dtw/ord fan! From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 288 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 936 times:
Ya know what, what gives the United States the right to impose a "democracy" in the middle east when for thousands of years they have gone about governing themselves the way they see best, which is not a democracy. Seriosiously, what gives Bush the right? Yes Saddam needs to be burned, preferably while he is still alive, but to impose our governing system on Iraq is wrong, and immoral.
Jaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 872 times:
Well, thats great ! Love that Hallmark sentiment by our marines.
Not only are they hunky and hot - they're also filled with maudlin sentimental goop.
Those pigeons will serve to provide food for a bombed out, battered civilian population before the UN comes in to do the actual peace keeping and restoration of medical services, food supply, etc.
Hope these pigeons are plump and juicy, and that they cook easily on fires caused in homes by bombs. And lets hope that Saddam doesn't get to eat a single one of those yummy birds !
CX747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4454 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 843 times:
All this talk of destroying Iraq. The last time I checked the U.S. military didn't "destroy" Kuwait when it pushed out the Iraqi Army. The U.S. military is taking every precaution to not hit civilian targets and try to leave as much of the infrastructure in place as possible. I personally can not wait for this war to be over and all of these protesters and people worried about the Iraqi people proven wrong. If you are worried about the Iraqi people, the lets remove their LEADER.
"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." D. Eisenhower
Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 17, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 802 times:
It would make it throught the US "censorship channels" far easier than the stories about disappearing Iraqis make it through Iraqi censorship...
Of course it won't really matter in the long run, but it's indeed a nice gesture.
But then the pro-Iraqi crowd wouldn't understand (but they won't have to, as they're certain their beloved Iraqi army will crush the invading imperialist forces with the sticks that are all they have left now that the peaceloving Iraqi government has complied fully with UN demands...).
Krushny From Spain, joined Dec 2000, 776 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 764 times:
I do not see how this is news. Animals have been used before in purposes like this. The URSS nuclear subs had rats near the reactors, a kind of crude radioactivity detectors. If you saw them dying, better look fast for help!!
Heavymetal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 737 times:
Interpret that however you want, but that's not saying they WILL do it!
That was the deal in 91. You use chemicals, we go nuclear.
I don't think you fully understand how ugly this quick, neat effort to dispose of Saddam can get. You're not alone. He's going to use chemical weapons. And the way I hear it, hundreds of American troops are either going to be felled by those weapons or the 110 degree heat of their chemical protection suits.