posted on Jul, 13 2007 @ 11:19 AM
During a trawling mission, I came across a video which, given the nature of the peacekeeping/re-building mission in Iraq, I found to be quite
The video in question cannot be posted, as it contains profanity of a sexual nature.
What it showed, was US soldiers verbally abusing Iraqi allies, in an insulting, homophobic/homosexual tirade.
First they would offer sweets (of some description), then in a "friendly" tone would abuse the Iraqi's, quite severely, with sexual, homosexual and
homophobic language - which the soldiers seemed to find hilarious, but which could be damaging to the US image in Iraq.
This behaviour may seem acceptable to those with armed service experience, but any connotations regarding homosexuality is regarded as an extreme
insult in the Iraqi culture, indeed many middle eastern countries would be equally offended.
It didn't seem to occur to any of the personnel in question that the Iraqi's might understand English, but not let on.
If this was the case, and someone did understand what was being said, what kind of impression does this behaviour make on our allies?
Part of the continuing process in Iraq is the "Winning of Hearts and Minds" military doctrine - so how exactly does this incident help do that?
I would suggest that it has completely the opposite effect, and that those insulted could quite easily "turn", if they ever found out or understood
just what their supposed allies thought of them.
Under ATS T&C, I can't post a link to the video, but it can be found on youtube or on googlevideo using the search "US Soldiers Insulting Iraqi
Police Allies". If you choose to view the video, please be aware that it contains profanity of a sexual nature with frequent homosexual and