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Troops bear 'Moor Killer' badges
    #1746297 - 07/25/03 12:33 AM (14 years, 6 months ago)

Troops bear 'Moor Killer' badges

Giles Tremlett in Madrid
Friday July 25, 2003
The Guardian (UK)

A row broke out in Spain yesterday after the country sent its first troops to patrol Iraq wearing on their shoulders the Cross of St James of Compostela - popularly known in Spain as "the Moor Killer". Patches bearing the cross, the symbol of a saint who allegedly guided the medieval Christian re conquista of Spain from the Muslims, are to be worn by a 2,000-strong Spanish brigade in central Iraq, who will patrol the sacred Shia city of Najaf.

While newspapers and radio stations reacted with astonishment at the choice of symbol, politicians avoided the argument.

"If we start debating this subject the risks surrounding the mission will only be increased," said a spokesman from the opposition Socialist party, Jesus Caldera.

Spaniards, unaccustomed to seeing their soldiers take part in what many see as an army of occupation, already view the Iraq mission with concern.

The deaths of more than 40 US and British soldiers since the Iraq war was officially declared over has increased worries about the prime minister Jose Maria Aznar's willingness to help the countries whose troops ousted Saddam Hussein.

"To put the Cross of St James of Compostela on the uniforms of Spanish soldiers supposes an absolute ignorance of the society in which they will have to carry out their mission," fumed El Mundo newspaper in an editorial.

"It would be difficult to come up with any symbol more offensive to the Shia population than this cross."

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Now this would be an amazingly dumb thing to do.

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Re: Troops bear 'Moor Killer' badges [Re: wingnutx]
    #1747293 - 07/25/03 09:13 AM (14 years, 6 months ago)

Sounds like a dumb idea to me too. You might as well right Crusader in Arabic across your chest. One other thing, when was the war declared over? I remember the President saying major combat operations were over, but that we still had a long way to go.

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Re: Troops bear 'Moor Killer' badges [Re: shakta]
    #1747298 - 07/25/03 09:15 AM (14 years, 6 months ago)

correct, major combat operations were declared over. 'war is over' is willfully misleading.

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Re: Troops bear 'Moor Killer' badges [Re: wingnutx]
    #1747331 - 07/25/03 09:28 AM (14 years, 6 months ago)

willfully misleading = lie

You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity. What one person receives without working for another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for that my dear friend is the beginning of the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it. ~ Adrian Rogers

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Re: Troops bear 'Moor Killer' badges [Re: luvdemshrooms]
    #1747536 - 07/25/03 11:02 AM (14 years, 6 months ago)

yeah, but in a subtle way. more insidious.

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