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06-13-2006, 02:57 PM
We are winning alright...


Music Video About Marine Sparks Anger :shake:
Jun 13 1:58 PM US/Eastern

Associated Press Writer

A music video posted to the Internet, telling a tale about a U.S. Marine killing members of an Iraqi family, is being condemned by an Islamic group and investigated by the Marine Corps.

The four-minute video, called "Hadji Girl," appears to be sung by a Marine in front of a cheering audience. The lyrics talk about the Marine gunning down members of an Iraqi woman's family after they confront him with automatic weapons.

Lt. Col. Scott Fazekas, a spokesman for the Marines, said Tuesday that the Marines were aware of a video posted on the Internet that "purports to show a Marine singing an insensitive song about Iraqis." Fazekas said officials don't know the identity of the singer or whether he is in the military.

The song was "inappropriate and contrary to the high standards expected of all Marines," Fazekas said. He said Marine officers are looking into the matter.

Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said that in light of recent allegations of atrocities committed by Marines in Haditha and other towns in Iraq, the video should be investigated by the Pentagon and Congress.

"The inappropriate actions of a few individuals should not be allowed to tarnish the reputation of all American military personnel," said Awad.

The video was posted anonymously on the http://www.youtube.com Web site, but was removed. It is still available on CAIR's web site. A Hadji is a pilgrim who journeys to Mecca, but CAIR said the word has often been used as a disparaging term by U.S. troops in Iraq.

"The video is not reflective of the tremendous sacrifices and dedication demonstrated, on a daily basis, by tens of thousands of Marines who have assisted the Iraqi people in gaining their freedom," Fazekas said. "We agree with the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations that the inappropriate actions of a few individuals should not tarnish the reputation of all American military personnel."

The singer is shown playing a guitar and singing about meeting an Iraqi woman and then being confronted by her brother and father, who have guns. The lyrics describe the Marine pulling the woman's little sister in front of him and watching blood spray from her head.

He then sings about blowing the father and brother "to eternity."

Defense officials are investigating allegations that U.S. Marines massacred as many as two dozen unarmed civilians in Haditha last November. Another probe is under way into charges that U.S. troops pulled an unarmed Iraqi man from his home in Hamandiya in late April and shot him to death without provocation.

Kudos to the US Military for investigating: :clap:


US military condemns music video on killing Iraqis
13 Jun 2006 20:16:39 GMT
Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON, June 13 (Reuters) - The Marine Corps condemned on Tuesday as "clearly inappropriate" a music video purporting to show a Marine strumming a guitar and singing a song about killing Iraqis, to the laughter and cheers of other troops.

"We're looking into it," Lt. Col. Scott Fazekas, a U.S. Marine Corps spokesman at the Pentagon, said of the four-minute video posted anonymously in March on a Web site, www.youtube.com, but recently removed.

Asked if the video genuinely showed a Marine, Fazekas said, "I can't tell. In looking at it, it could be anywhere, it could be anybody."

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Washington-based civil rights group, urged the military and Congress to investigate who was responsible for the video.

Its existence comes to light at a time when the military is investigating the role of Marines in the deaths of 24 civilians in the city of Haditha in November.

"The Marine Corps has recently been made aware of a video posted to a Web site that purports to show a Marine singing an insensitive song about Iraqis," Fazekas said.

"The video that was posted anonymously is clearly inappropriate and contrary to the high standards expected of all Marines," Fazekas added.

It does not reflect the sacrifices and dedication shown daily, he said, by tens of thousands of Marines who have helped the Iraqi people gain freedom.

On the video, titled "hadji girl," a man dressed in an olive-colored T-shirt and long pants sings into a microphone in what seems to be a large room with numerous unseen spectators, with the obscenity-laced lyrics describing encountering an Iraqi woman and her family.

At one point, the man sings, "I grabbed her little sister and put her in front of me. As the bullets began to fly, the blood sprayed from between her eyes, and then I laughed maniacally." In the background, laughing, clapping and cheers can be heard.

About 20,000 U.S. Marines are deployed in Anbar province, one of the most dangerous parts of Iraq, and more than 700 have been killed in the war.

CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said the military needs to determine who the Marine was, when the event took place and what disciplinary action will be taken.

"It shows what we hope is not a pervasive culture in the Marine Corps of a complete lack of sensitivity to the suffering of civilians in Iraq," Hooper said.

06-13-2006, 03:02 PM
It was a joke song.

This just goes to prove that islamists suck. They murder in the name of their prophet, treat women like dirt, riot over cartoons, and have no sense of humor.

06-13-2006, 03:02 PM
Correct. Your "we" = Islamic Extremist.