of a US Marine, apparently shouting a holy word over and
over while he jumped up and down sucking his finger, have
been broadcast across the Middle East.
incident is believed to have followed an accident with a
hammer, our media staff reports.
is being seen as the latest in a line of gross insensitivity's
to Iraqi feelings.
holy word Shi'ite sounds exactly like one of the most frequently
used terms of vulgar abuse in the English speaking world,
especially when said whilst jumping up and down with a finger
in your mouth.
latest setback follows a series of disastrous events involving
evidence of torture sessions of Iraqi nationals in Baghdad's
Abu Ghraib prison, carried out by US troops.
attempt by US President George W Bush to explain his honourable
motives in Iraq in a television interview, screened in the
region because of these pictures, was also seen as insensitive
when he forgot to apologise for the torture of Iraqi nationals.
White House issued an apology at a press briefing later.