The Guardian April 16, 2003


Liberating Iraq Bush style: A few notes

US forces invading Iraq often call Iraqis "ragheads" and "camel 
jockeys". Asked about "ragheads", Cpl. Jeb Moser, 21, said, "They're all 
just ragheads to me, the same way they used to call the enemy 'gooks' in 
Vietnam."

Lance Cpl. Christopher Akins, 21, of Louisville, Kentucky, when asked whom 
he considered a raghead replied, "Anybody who actively opposes the United 
States of America's way ... If a little kid actively opposes my way of 
life, I'd call him a raghead, too."

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When a young Iraqi boy stooped to pick up a rocket-propelled grenade off the body of a dead paramilitary, US Army Private Nick Boggs made his decision. He unloaded machinegun fire and the boy, whom he puts at about 10 years old, fell dead on a garbage-strewn stretch of waste land. Nick Boggs said, "I did what I had to do. I don't have a big problem with it." Lett Tayler, Newsday.
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"We'll shoot them down like the morons they are", said top US military officer, Brigadier-General John Kelly commenting on fighting in Baghdad. "They appear willing to die. We are trying our best to help them out in that endeavour."
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At the time of the Vietnam War an American general declared that the US had to create a "generation of murderers". It seems the US military did its best to do that.
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Scrawled on the wall of what was described as one of Saddam Hussein's palaces, already wrecked by bombing were the words: "USA wuz here".
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An article in The Washington Times quotes Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough as saying, "We are raising a generation of people who are historically illiterate." Australia's Minister for Defence, Robert Hill claims that one of the aims of the occupying armies is to bring education to the Iraqi people!
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Baghdad's archaeological museum has been looted. US army troops did nothing to stop this vandalism of a museum that houses the relics of one of the oldest civilisations in the world.

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