Hadji Girl

Have you heard about the song Hadji Girl? It’s a hilarious song sung by Joshua Belile, a marine stationed in Iraq.

Unfortunately for Belile, the video of his performing the song got out there and now it has gone viral. Why unfortunately? Because the press, being the press, is trying to play it up as a bloodthirsty marine glorifying the killing of Iraqi civilians.

For example, here’s part of the Reuters spin on the song:

“The Marine Corps condemned on Tuesday as “clearly inappropriate” a music video purporting to show a Marine strumming a guitar and singing a song about killing Iraqis, to the laughter and cheers of other troops.

…The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Washington-based civil rights group, urged the military and Congress to investigate who was responsible for the video.

Its existence comes to light at a time when the military is investigating the role of Marines in the deaths of 24 civilians in the city of Haditha in November.

…At one point, the man sings, “I grabbed her little sister and put her in front of me. As the bullets began to fly, the blood sprayed from between her eyes, and then I laughed maniacally.” In the background, laughing, clapping and cheers can be heard.

…CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said the military needs to determine who the Marine was, when the event took place and what disciplinary action will be taken.

“It shows what we hope is not a pervasive culture in the Marine Corps of a complete lack of sensitivity to the suffering of civilians in Iraq,” Hooper said.”

So, is this song really all that bad? Judge for yourself by watching the video or if you’re not inclined to do that, here are the lyrics, which were cribbed from the fine folks over at Blackfive:

Hadji Girl

I was out in the sands of Iraq
And we were under attack
And I, well, I didn’t know where to go.
And the first think I could see was
Everybody’s favorite Burger King
So I threw open the door and I hit the floor.
Then suddenly to my surprise
I looked up and I saw her eyes
And I knew it was love at first sight.
And she said

Durka Durka Mohammed Jihad
Sherpa Sherpa Bak Allah
Hadji girl I can’t understand what you’re saying.
And she said
Durka Durka Mohammed Jihad
Sherpa Sherpa Bak Allah
Hadji girl I love you anyway.

Then she said that she wanted me to see.
She wanted me to meet her family
But I, well, I couldn’t figure out how to say no.
Cause I don’t speak Arabic.
So, she took me down an old dirt trail.
And she pulled up to a side shanty
And she threw open the door and I hit the floor.
Cause her brother and her father shouted

Durka Durka Mohammed Jihad
Sherpa Sherpa Bak Allah
They pulled out their AKs so I could see
And they said
Durka Durka Mohammed Jihad
Sherpa Sherpa Bak Allah

So I grabbed her little sister and pulled her in front of me.
As the bullets began to fly
The blood sprayed from between her eyes
And then I laughed maniacally
Then I hid behind the TV
And I locked and loaded my M-16
And I blew those little f***ers to eternity.
And I said

Durka Durka Mohammed Jihad
Sherpa Sherpa Bak Allah
They should have known they were f***ing with a Marine

See? This is a joke song about a Marine being led into an ambush in Iraq and defending himself. Was it an appropriate song for a Marine stationed in Iraq to be caught on tape singing? No, not only because of the bad publicity, but because you don’t want to risk giving the Iraqis the wrong idea. The last thing we want is for any of them to get the mistaken impression that we don’t think killing Iraqis is a big deal or serious business.

That being said, singing this song isn’t some sort of unforgivable act. In fact, if it had been sung by someone outside of the military, it wouldn’t have been controversial at all. So, let’s hope the military doesn’t overreact and bury Belile because of the bad publicity. Give him a slap on wrist, make sure he doesn’t sing any more songs until he gets out of the military one day, issue an apology for anyone who was offended, and let it go at that. This kid doesn’t deserve to get thrown under the bus just because he sang a funny little song to entertain his buddies and a few of them made the mistake of taping it and sending it out.

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