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WRAL Raleigh reports on a video first posted on Facebook, thought to be shot by a U.S. soldier in Iraq, which shows the soldier taunting two young Iraqi children:

"The 30-second clip shows the two boys standing side by side on a dusty road, and the photographer asks them if they're gay and engage in homosexual acts. The boys smile and nod, but it's unclear whether they understand English. 'Are you going to grow up to be a terrorist? Yeah! All right! Cool! Yeah, terrorists! Woo!' the photographer says. The boys smile and give a thumbs-up signal. 'Are you going to plant IEDs?' the photographer asks. 'Yeah, awesome!' The older boy apparently realizes at this point that they are being mocked, and he holds down the younger boy's arm. The video was posted May 14 on the Facebook page of Robert Rodriguez and titled 'future gay terrorists.' Rodriguez describes himself on Facebook as a soldier living in Fairbanks, Alaska. An Army spokesman said a Spc. Robert Rodriguez is stationed at Fort Wainwright, outside of Fairbanks. It's unclear whose voice is heard on the video, but in posting the video to Facebook, Rodriguez wrote, 'I was bored in Iraq. So I kept myself entertained.'"

Soldiers who were shown the video expressed disgust at it, and said it does not represent the behavior of most service members.

"Army Staff Sgt. Veronica Jones, who is stationed at Fort Bragg, called the video a case of 'stupidity and boredom' that shouldn't reflect on most military members. 'Somebody took advantage of those kids because they don’t speak English. That’s sad,' Jones said. '(This is) not a representation of soldiers,' she said. 'Not at all. I know plenty of soldiers who would not do anything like that.'"

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  1. It's shit like this that turns people anti-American, into extremists and YES, into terrorists.

    Do people not give one minute's thought to their actions before they say and do stupid and damaging things, "just for entertainment/fun/because we were bored"?

    Posted by: TampaZeke | May 24, 2010 11:32:02 AM


  2. There seems to be plenty of "bored in Iraq videos" making their way to the internet. This may seem a silly question, but if they have so little to do over there, why are we playing billions of dollars for a war in that country? The guy can be a dick and taunt children over here for much cheaper.

    Posted by: JT | May 24, 2010 11:38:12 AM


  3. I didn't even watch the video....I couldn't.....so much for "winning those hearts and minds" ..that soldier should be ashamed of themselves.

    Posted by: Disgusted American | May 24, 2010 11:48:12 AM


  4. Excellent points guys, I was about to make the same comments.

    America has been stirring the cauldron over in the Middle East for years, and this is not helping!

    Posted by: CJ | May 24, 2010 11:53:41 AM


  5. Is it any wonder there's anti-American sentiment in the Muslim world? Don't we realize that our arrogance fuels the fire of anti-American feeling throughout the world?

    When we are guests in another country, we must realize we represent the U.S., whether we like it or not. This kind of arrogance doesn't help our cause.

    Posted by: Steve | May 24, 2010 11:54:47 AM


  6. That's revolting. They're just little kids, for fuck's sake. If anyone talked to my kid like that I'd cut their tongue out and stuff it up their ass. Is it any wonder then, that Iraqis feel the same way?

    Posted by: The Milkman | May 24, 2010 12:14:53 PM


  7. You know, those kids did not create or start the war in any way but have to face it's consequences every day. To then encounter this dim-wit? And his reasoning on Facebook?

    Stop the world, I wanna get off.

    Posted by: omi | May 24, 2010 12:19:14 PM


  8. If you have not watched FRONTLINE's "The Wounded Platoon", I implore you to do it soon. It is so much worse than we think. Soldiers are being HEAVILY drugged and sent back to war, regardless of their PTSD or other mental issues, regardless of their doctors advice, and regardless of how many civilians they kill. And they admit to killing many. MUST SEE:

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/woundedplatoon/?utm_campaign=homepage&utm_medium=proglist&utm_source=proglist

    Posted by: John Bisceglia | May 24, 2010 12:40:48 PM


  9. Oh for the love of fuck, those kids don't understand a word of English. All they see is some soldiers talking and laughing with them. Let's save the outrage for actual atrocities.

    Posted by: LetSodomRing | May 24, 2010 12:43:48 PM


  10. I doubt any actual harm was done in this case.

    Posted by: anon | May 24, 2010 1:03:31 PM


  11. @LetSodomRing

    You are missing the point here. Its not about the video itself, but the arrogance to upload it, share it and boasting about it. Then people wonder why there's an anti-americanism sentiment in the world.

    Posted by: Felix | May 24, 2010 1:23:43 PM


  12. Children, victims of war, are being mocked by a representative of the "liberating force". It is deplorable on so many levels, regardless of whether the children understand English orn ot. To "Letsodomring" I'd ask, based on what knowledge/experience do you claim to know what the children see/know/understand?

    Posted by: Jose | May 24, 2010 1:30:59 PM


  13. Anon, really?
    So you mom call you a stupid worthless dumb f*ck up and that's NOT going to have an effect on you.
    Not to mention everyone's comments and the fact the we've had our hand up this region's ass so long which is why we're in the situation we're in now.

    but as long as those kids are ok.

    Posted by: jakeinlove | May 24, 2010 1:34:47 PM


  14. And they'll remember those us soldiers laughing at them when extremists really do try to recruit them when they are older. I don't know about you, but I don't want this in incident on their mind when they are making that decision. There was harm done here alright.

    Posted by: John K. | May 24, 2010 1:35:18 PM


  15. @ John Bisceglia

    Thank you for your post.

    Posted by: Marcito | May 24, 2010 1:38:30 PM


  16. Robert Rodriguez is disgusting.

    Posted by: KFLO | May 24, 2010 1:38:46 PM


  17. LETSODOMRING --it's not just the specific act, it's the manifold layers of communication. Due to the fact that millions are now seeing this idiotic behavior, it is an "actual" atrocity, in that it demeans all concerned, and creates further fuel for an already raging fire.

    Posted by: Jeff Kurtti | May 24, 2010 1:48:31 PM


  18. LetSodomRing is a troll seeking attention. Ignore it.

    Posted by: Jubal Harshaw | May 24, 2010 2:23:46 PM


  19. the soldier who took this video really needs to be taken to task. the next time he meets these kids they may just be packing explosive charges. this war is the same as vietnam a war for the hearts and minds of people we don't seem to be able to win that kind of war and maybe this soldier shows why

    Posted by: walter | May 24, 2010 2:26:33 PM


  20. there is another reason the command let this video ou to use against the repeal of DADT to show that there is homophobia among the troops and to leave the policy in place

    Posted by: walter | May 24, 2010 2:29:04 PM


  21. Robert Rodriguez's military chain of command needs to answer for the action of their subordinate.

    Posted by: Alan | May 24, 2010 2:30:44 PM


  22. This is nothing new, nor is it at all unusual. It happens in every war zone all throughout history. I saw similar incidents in Vietnam. Just because a man puts on a military uniform it does not mean he has honor, is courageous, or more heroic than any other member of society. I've personally known many cowards and sociopaths in military uniform. This is especially true today when our military has become a paid, "professional" force, a group of mercenaries many of whom serve because there are so few opportunities for them in civilian life. We put artificial limbs on the physically disabled and let them serve, provide medications for the psychologically disabled and let them serve and provide weapons and a killing environment for the socially disaffected so they can serve. The soldier who made this video and was so proud of his action that he posted it for the world to see has some severe emotional problems and those who excuse this type of misbehavior need to look at their own mental health. In a civilized and rational world, doing this sort of thing is sad, proudly posting it for the world to see is sick.

    Posted by: Bob R | May 24, 2010 2:34:24 PM


  23. Sorry to say it folks, but our "fighting heroes" are about 40 percent decent service men and women, and 60 percent are failures at all other professions, so they joined the military. My father and brother both served...dad to see the world...he served 24 years...then my brother...who graduated HS at age 20 and had trouble with the law, cuz he couldnt do anything else...served 7 years.
    That about sums it up. The standards for recruiting have sunk to such a low point, OH, but the GAYS will effect our ability to win peace...hmm...used to be saying "Im an American" had some cache...now my European relatives inform me that "American" is used as a punch line more often than "Michael Jackson" is here.

    Posted by: JT | May 24, 2010 3:16:02 PM


  24. I wonder how "Rodriguez" would feel if white Border Patrol agents did something similar along the US-Mexican border to Hispanic kids that didn't understand English?

    Bored seems to be a legit catch-all justification in the US military. It also seems to be a euphemism for ignorant and stupid.

    Posted by: Mark | May 24, 2010 3:25:13 PM


  25. Fuck the european opinion of americans. They've always looked down their noses at us even though many of their track records on human rights are arguably worse, and are jealous because of our economic and military hegemony. Also, very bitter that we had to save them during ww II...so fuck the european opinion.

    This is a disgrace, but as previous commenters have stated, military service doesn't automatically make one a decent, honorable person...and there are a lot of scumbags in uniform (which is true across the globe and throughout history).

    Posted by: TANK | May 24, 2010 3:30:47 PM


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