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Driving in Iraq

"Really, there's no way a Bradley could run over a dog," a US soldier tells a reporter in a video interview featured on The Weekly Standard and other blogs. There seems to be some weird debate about The New Republic (TNR), which inquired about the Bradley, incl. a question about running over a dog. [UPDATE: Charles Krauthammer explains the debate about the TNR's "Bagdad Fabulist," who made more controversial claims than running over a dog]

Iraqis don't like dogs. I assume they are more concerned about the way some Humvees are driven for legitimate security reasons: "Apartheid Cops" Instead of Winning Hearts and Minds in Iraq. Perhaps this video should be of more concern than the safety of dogs.

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Don S on :

That New Republic 'soldier-bloger' seems to have some issues. The Bradley dog killer seems to have been made up out of whole air or at best a macabre joke overheard in a mess hall or something. Anyone who thinks about the relative agility of a dog and a Bradley knows that the dog has the edge in such an encounter. Unless the Bradley 'crept up' on the pooch? Hardly likely unless Iraqi dogs are deaf.... The other story (about the IED-scarred woman soldier) was far more disturbing. The 'blogger' now says that it occurred in Kuwait, not Iraq. Before he had been deployed or seen combat, so the explanation of 'combat fatigue' doesn't cut it. If it happened it was crude and despicable cruelty, and the TNR blogger shows himself as an utter brute. If not - well then he is writing fiction. Or 'truthiness', which is fictional incidents which he *knows* happened but hadn't actually witnessed himself.

Anonymous on :

What's the problem with the video? The video is without context; they could have been on a mission or responding to a situation. They didnt injure anyone and only scratched a few bumpers. Or was it the over-reliance on the horn that offended your robust sympathies? Maybe, the tailgaiting. Dont see how aggressive driving constitutes 'apartheid' or why an occupying force is referred to as 'cops'? Perhaps, some attempt at a subliminal analogy to Rodney King and the LAPD? Pointless leftist twaddle. Iraq is obvious nothing like Los Angles. The Iraqi freeways are more forgiving.

Joerg - Atlantic Review on :

"What's the problem with the video?" How would you feel, if some Arabs would drive that in your town? Would you love those Arabs and reduce all Anti-Arab sentiments that you have? After all, the US went into Iraq to bring democracy (which incl. respect for every driver) and to win hearts and minds in order to reduce the Anti-Americanism that led to 9/11. "Iraq is obvious nothing like Los Angles." You gotta be kidding. Again, I am not criticizing those soldiers. I have written that they drive that way for "legitimate security reasons." "Apartheid cops" is Joe Biden's term. Question for you: Is there a clearer indication that the US presence in Iraq is hurting us? Why do Iraqis dislike the US? Why do most Iraqis want the US to leave Iraq although that would lead to a deterioration of the civil war? Answer is in the video.

Anonymous on :

How would you feel, if some Arabs would drive that in your town? Would you love those Arabs and reduce all Anti-Arab sentiments that you have? After all, the US went into Iraq to bring democracy (which incl. respect for every driver) and to win hearts and minds in order to reduce the Anti-Americanism that led to 9/11. Democracy includes respect for every driver? What does that mean? Is that some new positive human right in the ECHR? I would fully expect an arab force occupying the US to drive as the humvee in the video drove, if our traffic system did not function properly. How many traffic lights or wardens did you see in that video, Joerg? None. Its the third world and throw in a large number of hostile inhabitants, isnt it in your best interest to impress upon the locals that when you see a humvee get to the side of the road--much like a police car with its sirens on. Where do all these worlds like love, respect and feelings come from? Do you need a hug? "Apartheid cops" is Joe Biden's term. So what does that prove? Just b/c a politican uses a term doesnt make it any less crude and inelegant. Sen. Durbin compared the US troops to stormtroopers. Would you use that epithet? Question for you: Is there a clearer indication that the US presence in Iraq is hurting us? One, I dont agree with the fundamental assumption that the American presence in Iraq is hurting 'us'? By 'us' I assume you refer to the West or some notion that including Germany. I dont think that forcing civilian traffic to the side of the road to make way for an army patrol will turn the civilians against the occupation? Annoying yes... Why do Iraqis dislike the US? Why do most Iraqis want the US to leave Iraq although that would lead to a deterioration of the civil war? Answer is in the video. No, it is not and that is pure projection on your part. Watch the video. How many cars refuse to yield or purposefully impede the convoy? None. Is anyone yelling or making hand gestures of the universal language? No. They are getting out of the way. Considering your turn of mind of late, no doubt you will rejoin that the civilians are afraid of retribution or punitive actions...Atrocities happen in every occupation, but the American army is better than most and your assumption that behind every GI a probable My Lai exists, is just not true. We have good relations with our former enemies, even the ones we had to deal with roughly. We have good relations with Vietnam, Germany, Japan et al. Not due to economic pressure, but largely because of the relationships the grunts forged with the locals. Ask your Grandparents about how the French, Dutch, Poles, Czechs, Hungarians or Russians treated them or their friends in your last war? How did the anglosaxons treat you? There is I think an abvious difference and I refuse to accept your inprecation that suddenly in the last 50 years Americans have devolved into heartless creatures who perform their duties with no concern for the local population and malice.

Anonymous on :

http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,500251,00.html

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