Yesterday, the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) called on the Pentagon and Congress to investigate the four-minute video posted in March on the youtube.com website.
The video, called Ã¢??hadji girl,Ã¢?Â purports to be a Ã¢??marine in iraq [sic] singing a song about hadji.Ã¢?Â (A Ã¢??HajjiÃ¢?Â is a person who has made the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, but the term has often been used as a pejorative by U.S. troops in Iraq.) The song tells of a U.S. MarineÃ¢??s encounter with an Iraqi woman. It was viewed by almost 50,000 people. (The video was removed from the youtube.com website after CAIR issued its news release.)
The songÃ¢??s lyrics include: Ã¢??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. . .I blew those little f**kers to eternity . . .They should have known they were f**king with the Marines.Ã¢?Â Members of the audience, not shown in the video, laughed and cheered wildly for these lyrics. [CAIR News Release]
I really don’t know what I can say about this. At first I was a bit angry but then I have to admit I kind of shrugged my shoulders. Nothing new, nothing shocking, nothing unexpected. Move on to the next thing.
A Marine corporal seen in a video singing about killing members of an Iraqi family says the song was a joke. Cpl. Joshua Belile apologized and said the song was not tied in any way to allegations that Marines killed as many as two dozen unarmed civilians in Haditha last year.
“It’s a song that I made up and it was nothing more than something supposed to be funny, based off a catchy line of a movie,” Belile, 23, said in Wednesday’s Daily News of Jacksonville.
[Hat Tip: Natasha]