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Friday, October 03, 2003  

Yahoo! News - Fla. Guardsmen Probed on Iraqi Marriages

I'm going to go into a little depth with the excerpts on this one. I find this truly disturbing.

"Two Florida National Guard soldiers who married Iraqi women against their commander's wishes are being investigated for allegedly defying an order, their families said. "

The distinction here is whether they had their CO's permission. Yes, you actually have to have your commander's permission to get married. That's normally a formality, but in this case it appears to be a problem.

Later in the article, the CO turns up as being supportive of teh two soldiers, which strongly implies that he approved. However, a Sergeant Major and the Battalion Commander disapproved. What likely happened is that the Sgt Major got upset that the CO gave permission, and went over his head to the Battalion CO.

The most disgusting thing about this is the Army's behaviour towards the men.

"Blackwell's wife, now working as an interpreter for an American firm in Baghdad, wrote that the Army has prevented him from contacting her since the double wedding on Aug. 17.

"Is this freedom in U.S.?" she wrote. "Where is the human right? Where is justice?"

McKee said the soldiers have been barred from using e-mail. For a time they also were prohibited from calling home, she said.

"It's an embarrassment to the Army," said Dagen's mother, Laverne Warren. Warren said her son also was not permitted to contact his Iraqi wife. "

Also disgusting:
Other soldiers, including his company commander, were supportive, but Hill and a sergeant major opposed the marriages, Blackwell wrote. He added that the sergeant major told him "Muslims and Christians just don't jive together."

Way to support the troops.

posted by lazarus | 16:57 | |
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