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Marines’ Cheer Song About Killing Iraqi Civilians

MARINES’ CHEER SONG ABOUT KILLING IRAQI CIVILIANS
Song’s lyrics: ‘I blew those little f**kers to eternity’

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/12/06) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on the Pentagon and Congress to investigate a music video posted on the Internet that seems to show U.S. Marines cheering a song that glorifies the killing of Iraqi civilians.

CAIR said the four-minute video, called “hadji girl,” purports to be a “marine in iraq singing a song about hadji.” (A “Hajji” 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, posted online in March, tells of a U.S. Marine’s encounter with an Iraqi woman. It has been viewed by almost 50,000 people.

The song’s lyrics include: “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.” Members of the audience, not shown in the video, laughed and cheered wildly for these lyrics.

SEE: HADJI GIRL
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTh9ZYS6Flc

SEE: http://www.cair.com/video/marine-hadji-girl.wmv

Comments apparently posted by other military personnel express approval for the song’s contents. One comment states: “This makes me happy to be a Marine. But look out! Here comes the rest of the country to call us evil!” Other comments criticize the video as racist.

“Given the recent allegations that U.S. Marines massacred Iraqi civilians in Haditha and other areas, we need to determine if this video is what it purports to be,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. “The inappropriate actions of a few individuals should not be allowed to tarnish the reputation of all American military personnel.”

Awad called on Pentagon officials and members of Congress to investigate the video and all other allegations of such conduct in Iraq.

CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 32 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail: ihooper@cair-net.org

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