July 14, 2008

Soldiers vs. Indians again

Another example of how we equate one group of brown-skinned "savages" with another in an attempt to justify our actions:

Former POW:  'We were like Custer'[O]n March 23, when the Army's 507th Maintenance Company convoy rumbled by accident into Nasiriya, swarms of Iraqis in the unsecured city greeted them with a hail of bullets. The soldiers returned fire, but sand picked up from their desert journey soon jammed their rifles.

"It wasn't a small ambush. It was a whole city. And we were getting shot from all different directions as we were going down the road," Sgt. James Riley, 31, told a Washington Post reporter.

After 15 minutes of fighting, which claimed the lives of nine U.S. troops, Riley, the ranking soldier, decided they should surrender.

"We were like Custer. We were surrounded. We had no working weapons. We couldn't even make a bayonet charge. We would have been mowed down. We didn't have a choice," Riley said.
Comment:  For more on the subject, see Enemy Territory as "Indian Country."


writerfella said...

Writerfella here --
Interesting. Then explain why there are so many Apache, Comanche, and Kiowa helicopters deployed with the troops!
All Best
Russ Bates

Rob said...

I already addressed this point in Indians in the Military. Read it and learn.