News Bubble-gum rape and chicken wings
Okay. This is depressing and I apologize.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A U.S. military court in Baghdad heard graphic testimony on Monday of how three U.S. soldiers took turns raping a 14-year-old Iraqi girl before murdering her and her family.
The details of the rape and murders are horrifying and grisly. Adding another heap of creepiness to the trial, however, is the blasé attitude of the defense team and defendants:
Defense Attorney Captain Jimmie Culp was blowing chewing gum bubbles while [Sergeant Anthony] Yribe, sitting to his left, began sucking on a red lollipop during the testimony.
Special Agent Gary Griesmyer recounted [Sergeant Paul] Cortez’ account of the day. “While they were playing cards and drinking Iraqi whiskey, the idea came to go out to an Iraqi house, rape a woman and murder her family,” he testified.
That casual phrasing makes it sound like raping young girls is a minor military blooper instead of the perverted fantasy of monsters. Like one minute they’re innocently playing bridge and drinking their demonic Iraqi whiskey and then oops! they accidently raped and killed a child, gunned down her family, and then lit her body on fire.
[Private Steven] Green said he wanted to go to a house and kill some Iraqis, [Specialist James] Barker wrote in his sworn statement. After the rape and murders, he wrote that he began to grill chicken wings.
Bubble gum, lollipops, and chicken wings? I’m having trouble wrapping my mind around how fucked up all that is.