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Monday, April 16, 2007

Anti-American Feelings in Germany or Something Else?

What would have happened if the instructor had simply told his pupil to imagine that neo-con Americans were coming to imprison his mother? Would plain old anti-American feelings have been okay?

We'll never know, I suppose, since the instructor mixed race into the equation.

From the Chicago Tribune:

The clip shows an instructor and a soldier dressed in camouflage in a forest. At first, the instructor tells the soldier to imagine gunning down terrorists trying to hijack an airplane. The soldier fires several rounds.

Then the instructor tells the soldier, "You are in the Bronx. A black van is stopping in front of you. Three African-Americans are getting out and they are insulting your mother in the worst ways. ... Act."

The soldier fires his machine gun and yells an obscenity several times in English between bursts. The instructor then tells the soldier to curse even louder.

That is some really strange military training. If the Germans have more animosity toward Americans of whatever skin pigmentation than toward terrorists, I guess they need to "think outside the box" during training to get the necessary level of emotion into it. What's next? Thinking inside a padded cell?


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