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It's true that "thumbs up" traditionally translates as the foulest of Iraqi insults—the most straightforward interpretation is "Up yours, pal!" The sign has a similarly pejorative meaning in parts of West Africa, Russia, Australia, Iran, Greece, and Sardinia, according to Roger E. Axtell's book Gestures: The Do's and Taboos of Body Language Around the World. So, it's possible that the ostensibly cheering Iraqis are, in fact, silently voicing their displeasure.
Originally posted by poedxsoldiervet
They guy did not do anything wrong, and you want to hang him?
You think every countries soldiers are nice to the locals?
The problem with the world and you is you expect people to walk on eggshells and were there feelings on there sleeves.
Originally posted by InvisibleAlbatross
reply to post by poedxsoldiervet
What would you say if an Iraqi soldier said those things to an American kid?
Originally posted by dontblink
it's garbage like this that will irreparably damage the reputation of the United States on a global scale.