Saturday, February 05, 2005

 

Killing Is Fun?

Lt. Gen. James Mattis, a Marine apparently in charge of developing better ways to train other Marines, apparently thinks it’s fun to kill some people. According to reports, he stated his twisted rationale as follows.

“You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn't wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain’t got no manhood left anyway. So it’s a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them.”

Here again we see good old American racism and cultural insensitivity at work. But even worse is the good old American double standard. If Muslims in Afghanistan slap women around, they have no manhood, and that makes it a good thing (and fun!) to shoot them. Well then, General, what about all the macho American men who beat their wives and girlfriends? If we apply the same standard, these American men also have no manhood (perhaps some of them don’t), making it “a hell of a lot of fun” to shoot them! While Muslims are frequently accused of wife beating, the serious issue of battered women has long been a staple of American society.

Or perhaps the situation is different because American women don’t wear veils, or because American men aren’t Muslim. Is that it, General? Please advise. Anyway, I’m sure you have a good explanation of why it’s not fun to kill American men who beat their wives or girlfriends.

Just one more thing: Can you believe this guy is in charge of developing better ways to train Marines?



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