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Blasting WAGNER from US loudspeakers? Irony, or arrogance, or historical ignorance.... or what.. http://tinyurl.com/ewor RAMADI, Iraq (Reuters) June 21- They rammed their vehicles into metal gates to smash them open, rounded up Iraqi men from their homes at gunpoint and wrote a code on their arms with marker pens. Hundreds of U.S. soldiers from the First Battalion of the 124th Infantry Regiment staged the raid in a suburb of Ramadi, 100 km (60 miles) west of Baghdad, after sunrise on Saturday. The raid on the homes of suspected guerrillas was part of a campaign to stamp out mounting armed resistance to the U.S. occupation of Iraq. Several soldiers on the raid were wounded by a grenade and came under gunfire in the same district around 10 days earlier. Some were clearly braced for trouble as they returned to the area, leaving their base after a blast over loudspeakers of Wagner's rousing "Ride of the Valkyries" -- a favorite with troops for its use in the Vietnam war film "Apocalypse Now." One unit of soldiers pulled half a dozen men from their homes as women wailed in distress. The troops wrote a code in marker pen on each man's skin and on confiscated possessions. They removed a handful of weapons and a computer hard disk. (.......) _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk