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(I have no way to corroborate the information. .pg) E-mail received this week: "I have a friend whose son joined the Marines right out of high school.... This guy is 19 years old. He has been doing "training" since then. The boy described his most recent weeks of training to his father: The Marines/his division (??) have been issued new fatigues/camouflauge. Why? To distinguish them from the Army. Why? To get back to the training, they have been shown videos of military interaction with civilians to teach them how not to deal with them. The Army, it seems, are too friendly, too easy with the civilians, including children. The Marines in my friend's son's training were being trained, not to be friendly, to give food to children, but to maintain strict and severe attitudes toward them and all Iraqi civilians. One example the kid provided was that they had been shown clips of an Army person sharing food with a child, then being told/shown that the child or more children would show up the next day wanting, of course, more food. Instead, the Marines were to exhibit strict "distance" and, instead of showing friendliness, to jam the butt of their gun into a child's stomach who approached them for food. This seems to indicate that there is some consensus among some people that the Army--and by association, I guess, Americans--are being too easy with civilians and there is a dire need to (re)?-instate "discipline." The Marines are to distinguish themselves from the Army--the latter being an example of what not to do--by, first, changing their look so that there will be no mistake among civilians of what to expect from the Marines, who will be instituting much more harsh dealings with Iraqis. Next, on a totally different subject, the boy reported that a few days prior, all members of his division (I may not use these military terms correctly) had their drivers licenses taken from them. Those whose drivers licenses indicated that they were organ donors had a hole punched through such indication. They were apprised of the fact that they would never be able to be organ donors in their remaining lives, and furthermore, could not donate blood. The boy's father said his son said, "I have so much anthrax in me, I can't give blood." The boy reported that they had been told in rather vague terms, apparently, that some of the vaccinations they had received early on had had results that no one had foreseen. The boy had returned home for two weeks leave early this Spring. His father mentioned to me at the time that his son had had to sign some "VA papers." At hearing this, I nearly choked, but said nothing. During our more recent conversation, I brought this up, saying that I had heard that VA/other medical benefits may not be forthcoming to many of the military who saw battle in Iraq. The boy's father said that his son "didn't have a clue what papers he had signed." (I have no idea if this is accurate, misleading, or simply false. pg) _______________________________________________ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk