In a four-minute video called “Hadji Girl,” a singer who appears to be a Marine tells a cheering audience about gunning down members of an Iraqi woman’s family after they confront him with automatic weapons.
Belile, 23, apologized and said the song was not tied in any way to allegations that Marines killed as many as two dozen unarmed civilians in Haditha last year.
A Marine spokesman said Tuesday that officers were investigating.
… ‘Hadji Girl’ tells a story of a Marine who falls in love with an Iraqi girl and is taken to meet her family. The girl’s family shoots her and then attacks the Marine, who uses her younger sister as a shield and watches blood spray from her head.
He then sings about blowing the father and brother “to eternity.”
“I think it was a joke that is trying to be taken seriously,” said Belile, who learned the video was on the Internet after he returned from Iraq in March.
The title of the song is a giveaway of sorts. “Hadji” is not exactly a term of endearment as used by some of our troops in Iraq. Like I said before, if we’re wondering where Belile and his comrades got the idea that something like this could be a joke, we need look no further than ourselves.