2003 May 04 Sunday
Fallujah Iraqis Angered At US Soldier Sunglasses

It is worth noting that currently the area with greatest visible anger toward US troop presence in Iraqi is populated by Sunni Bedouin tribesmen and not by Shias. Why this this? Is it because the Sunnis have lost status with the fall of Saddam and blame the Americans? Or are there more troublemakers from the old regime in Sunni areas (perhaps because Baathists can more easily live in Sunni areas) going into the crowds shooting at the US Army solders in order to provoke them into returning fire that kills locals?

They are so paranoid that they think US solders have the kinds of sunglasses that American boys have been fooled into believing to exist for many years.

The cultural gap between locals and US soldiers runs deep. "We have heard that the Americans' sunglasses allow them to see through our women's clothes," said a man standing across the road from the contested US headquarters. "We are very angry to think that they can see our women naked."

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2003 May 04 12:34 PM  Reconstruction and Reformation


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