Thursday, February 09, 2006

An army founded on stupidity?

The other day I went to Oslo Documentary Cinema and saw the documentary "En hær i støpeskjeen" about the building of the Iraquian army. Several things made me laugh throughout this movie, and it made me impressed to see how much the Americans understand, and have learnt about the country they have invaded. It was, scarily, close to nothing...


    iraqGraduation

First of all they used pornography as a way to punish the soliders who didn't do their work good enough. Ok I admit, here they had a point as the poor Iraqian boy got really ashamed to watch the pics. But how they gain respect by this? No idea, probably the boy thought of them as barbarians (which is not totally wrong).

Later in the movie they threw out two aspirants. What they did to them? They put them on a lorry and drove them back to their village. The problem was that the village was placed in the middle of the guerillja hotspot, and the excluded aspirants was driven away in full uniform. What a great way to condemn a person to a certain death.

Talking about condemning someone to death. The last thing they did to the iraquian soliders was to shave their head and take away their mustache according to the correct "American military rules". Some of the Iraqian troopers was struggling hard against this and claimed it was humiliating. Later one told to the camera that when he would return to his village, everyone could spot where he had been because of his shaved head and without mustache. This would for sure be a risk to his whole family and not at least for himself. If they wanted the guerillja to spot whom where the soldiers in civil, this was the best thing the Americans could do.

As a final touch the americans had a ceremony for all their cadettes. And as they have now understood the culture in Iraq all the way through they had a person who presented a grandiose religious speech. Very well, exept for the fact that he was a christian priest who praised Jesus Christ as the lord himself to watch over the new Iraqian soldiers. The cadettes was not cheering...

Stupidity at its best and it may be funny, but I feel sorry for the young iraquis who got recruited. I guess the career as a solider in the new Iraqian army will be shortlived for some of them. Even I can see the point of building up or to keep a friendly national army to cooperate with an occupation force, but this is just to throw away the lives of young people. Why not just feed them to the lions...

Talking about stupidity, I just stumbled upon a video from a newscast. A teacher had called his student "nigga" and he tries to explain why he used such a word in this video (sorry, but since mediplayer sucks I will have to redirect you to another page). He has jet to convince me, but he makes me laugh, especially as he starts to explain the difference between the words "nigga" and "nigger". If you got some time left you might want to amuse yourself. It's a bit scary though that he was employed as a teacher...

5 Comments:

At 2/10/2006 09:07:00 AM , Anonymous Nigga said...

Re nigga and nigger, have you seen any of them movies and documentaries using from da ghettoes homes? Them are usin nigga all the time, just like e says. Just you gotta be a nigga - to call a nigga a nigga.
I see the teachers problem. If everybody goes around saying nigga all the time - how are you gonna not use it yourself sometimes?
That said - if he said and meant Nigger (which easily sounds the same), that's another question of course.

 
At 2/10/2006 09:08:00 AM , Anonymous English teacher said...

oh and when are you gonna learn about was and were?

 
At 2/10/2006 09:51:00 AM , Anonymous Witockbror said...

ahhh, fredag. Skummende øl, frådende kvinner og knusktørt ostepop. Ja, for oss som er på IMK altså.

 
At 2/10/2006 12:51:00 PM , Blogger Ole said...

Vel, nå er jeg faktisk ikke langt unna IMK idag, men på jobb selvfølgelig. Men om de knusktørre ostepoppene får dere i så godt humør at festen danser sin gang videre får dere sende meg et hint!

I can't realy see the problem I know where i was and also where they were...

The teacher for sure was no homie, but maybe he was using it normaly at home with his wife and it just slipped out in the classroom... I just love the ways he says it.

 
At 2/11/2006 01:01:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, the poor stupid American Army. Blacks, whites, southerners, cities, country, christians, muslims and people from about 50 other countries, not to mention being the most flexible, adaptive, technologial Army in the history of the world. What would they know, ehe?

 

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