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The Rape of the “Hadji Girl”

A couple of weeks ago there was a highly-publicized controversy over a video which appeared on UTube of a U.S. Marine performing a song entitled Hadji Girl. The song had been performed before thousands of U.S. troops in Iraq who could be heard wildly cheering and laughing in the background.  Its lyrics were as follows:

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 thing that 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 go 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

(with humorous emphasis:)
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*ckers to eternity.

And I said…
Durka Durka Mohammed Jihad
Sherpa Sherpa Bak Allah

They should have known they were f*ckin’ with a Marine.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations condemned the song and performance, as did the Marine Corps, announcing an intention to investigate, and the guy who wrote it and performed it apologized.  And “explained.”  See, he said, and his defenders said, and the defenders of all the wildly screaming and laughing troops in the audience said, and Michelle Malkin said, it wasn’t really about Marines killing civilians, no, no, it was about “insurgents” tricking Marines, using beautiful girls to lure them into traps and ambushes.   But the Marines in the song outwitted them by making sure the blood spurted from between the decoy’s eyes instead of theirs!  Don’t you get the humor?  It was a joke!  I  mean, the chorus of the song came from a movie made by the creators of South Park.  You people have no sense of humor.

Today 15-year-old Abeer Qasim Hamza is dead, having been raped and burned by soldiers after her family had been shot by them.

According to this article the soldiers who murdered her had been sexually harrassing her (described as “making advances” towards her) every day as she passed through a checkpoint they manned.  She was scared and had told her mother about it several times, and her mother had spoken with friends and even asked whether her daughter could stay with them.

It is so transparent.  It is so obvious.

Abeer Qasim Hamza made the fatal errror of refusing the “advances” of American soldiers.  She had to have known, said they, that she was hot.  She had to have known, said they, what she was doing, sashaying through that checkpoint every day.  And she turned them down.  Ignored them.  Rejected them.  Acted like she was scared.  Who the hell did she think she was?  What.  They were there all the way from the United States to defend her and her family, and she thought she could get away with that kind of bullshit?

After they raped her and killed her family, they blamed it on “insurgents.”   And in their minds, that wasn’t really a lie.  In fact, to men under male heterosupremacy, beautiful women who refuse their advances are always “insurgents.”   They are deceivers, evil vixens, jezebels, dangerous, and deadly, decoys scheming to lure them into traps. They deserve to be raped. They deserve to die.

I’m not surprised by this; it makes perfect sense to me.  It will make perfect sense to any honest and clear-thinking woman who has experienced this same murderous hatred at the hands of a man she has spurned or ignored (something most women have experienced sometime or other.)  I don’t think any of the men who did this were personality-disordered.  I think they were men under male heterosupremacy who had the opportunity of a lifetime:  the opportunity to get away with raping and killing and getting revenge against a beautiful young girl who had rejected them.

What disturbs me, and scares me, are all the Americans, including women, who defended this song, defended this performance, and bought the  public explanations — thousands and thousands of them.  All the Americans who thought this song was funny.

What disturbs me and scares me are all the Americans who will suggest this is some anomaly, who will chalk this atrocity up to  “personality disorders.”   All of male heterosupremacy is  personality disordered.   It is soul sick with a sickness unto death.  These young men just danced what was carefully choreographed for them.

Links:  Hijabi Madness, The Guardian. CAIR, Hadji Girl Video, Hadji Girl Lyrics

UPDATE: The guy who wrote this got so much support, he planned to record this song and take it on the road.  He’s changed his mind as of yesterday.

Heart

Discussion

32 thoughts on “The Rape of the “Hadji Girl”

  1. This is so horrible and sick I don’t know what to write….

    Posted by deviousdiva | July 4, 2006, 6:04 pm
  2. No words can say it. Just a gut wrenching wail. How do you scream on the net?

    Posted by rhondda | July 4, 2006, 6:25 pm
  3. ARRRRGH!

    Posted by dykotomy | July 4, 2006, 7:54 pm
  4. Oh my gawd oh my gawd, Idon’t know if I should shout, raise a fist, sob uncontrolably, or do a dance. This entry really moved me, thank you.

    I have tried in a variety of ways to say what you said, and have never been able to achieve the clear minded logic you have here.

    The wiser I grow, the more I realize these angry stirrings in my womanly bossom are indeed about opression by the patriarchal “heterosupremacy” culture we live in. Thank you for giving me new language to express these ancient feelings.

    Bravo.

    Posted by hazel8500 | July 4, 2006, 9:32 pm
  5. How could people rally behind this? Can’t they see the hatred that is oh-so-crystal-clear to me? And rhondda is right… no words can say it. Horror. Every day, more horror against women.

    Posted by JJ | July 4, 2006, 11:47 pm
  6. There’s a war going on all right, and women are firmly in the ‘sights’

    Posted by LB | July 5, 2006, 7:28 am
  7. Yes there is a war going on, I’ve been calling it gendercide, others have called it gynecide, or femicide. What it is is an atrocity gainst humanity, at least half of us anyway.

    I’ve been called delusional for stating this, so I started a blog documenting cases of violence against women. Its actually overwhelming, I can’t even keep up with the posts because there is SOOO much of it out there.

    As awful as it is, its really good to find other writers and readers who share my outrage.

    Posted by hazel8500 | July 5, 2006, 4:32 pm
  8. Hazel you are not alone, as Hearts and many more blogs show. I’ve just had a look at your blog, and your views on the earth’s critical state and misogyny are along
    the same lines, as the theorys i’m studying within a branch of Transpersonal Psychology.

    Posted by LB | July 5, 2006, 6:29 pm
  9. Heart–just, thank you.

    Posted by second waver | July 5, 2006, 11:20 pm
  10. Well there for all to see just exactly who and what the problem is. Sex is violence and violence is sex for that kind. It must be hard to maintain an erection 24 hours a day.

    Posted by rhondda | July 5, 2006, 11:24 pm
  11. I see news reports on mainstream tv in places like gyms and airports, which emphasize the terrible stress our soldiers are under and cannot help thinking they are planted so that the public will formulate excuses for this sort of behavior.

    Related: I recently met a young man just out of the Bundeswehr, with whom he had served in Afghanistan. The experience had made him a pacifist, he said…and yet he still defended the policy of shooting first and asking questions later.

    Related at another level: one of my relatives, a doctor, refused to serve Katrina victims because that kind of work (GP type work) was ‘beneath’ her (she is a specialist). The family made excuses for her, saying the hurricane was terribly stressful for her and that she did in fact deserve better. Why are excuses like this always made for the middle classes, or for those in power?

    Posted by Professor Zero | July 6, 2006, 6:07 am
  12. “don’t they get the joke…the chorus of the song came from a movie made by the creators of South Park”

    Sincerity is the last refuge of the evil, i suppose…

    Posted by sly civilian | July 6, 2006, 7:05 am
  13. Hey, sly civilian and Professor Zero, you know, if you start poking around and reading some of the blogs defending this song, well, it’s a pretty sobering experience. These are people who honestly think it’s “funny” to have tricked people into shooting their own child between the eyes, and who say, with a straight face, or pen, or keyboard, that it wasn’t AMERICANS killing Iraqi civilians, it was INSURGENTS killing civilians (their own daughter.) See? This actually is logical, reasonable, and rational to them. They think we should get this. It doesn’t occur to them that this is a song about an American SOLDIER walking in, presumably armed, to the home of an Iraqi family, that it is because the soldier takes a little girl hostage that anybody gets killed at all. It is so so so deeply sobering that there are thousands of people like this, walking around in this culture, I probably see them and talk to them every day. It gives me the chills.

    Professor Zero, I came across an interesting article about an American soldier who wrote a book, Kill! Kill! Kill! about Americans randomly killing all sorts of Iraqi civilians– Americans to include himself. He had fired, on orders, into a group of demonstrators. He also became a pacifist and got his book published in Germany when U.S. publishers rejected it. I’ll try to find the link. But the shoot-first-ask-questions-later policy, that’s so part and parcel of the making of an American soldier. They have to be taught to look at *everybody* as the enemy, kids, old people, women, whatever. How else could they bomb the shit out of huge areas? The scarier thing is, how do you ever leave that behind when you get discharged, other than, as with the guy I described, becoming a pacifist, spending the rest of your life speaking out against what you found yourself participating in?

    Heart

    Posted by womensspace | July 6, 2006, 6:01 pm
  14. I’ve just watched the Hadji Girl Video, and i’m left sat staring at the screen. Why don’t they just leave us alone?

    Posted by LB | July 7, 2006, 12:22 am
  15. This is absolutely the most sobering thread in this blog I have yet read – your post, Heart, that of the ditzy dewd above and all of the people who defend this horrendous “song” and think it is reasonable and rational to do so. I have nothing to add, but I just want to say thank you for increasing my comprehension of this subject even beyond what it was and putting into words what I am unable to.

    Posted by Branjor | July 7, 2006, 12:33 am
  16. I followed the link to the “Never Yet Melted” post and felt compelled to respond. Twice. Apparently this guy has not been following the news reports. He seems to think the whole “alleged” rape/murder is some sort of propaganda ploy.

    When people started posting feminist/lightbulb jokes, especially when someone recycled one I’ve always heard told about men, not feminists, I had to post a few men and lightbulb ones I’d heard. The thing I’ve always found ridiculous is the assertion that feminists don’t have a sense of humor, when my feminist friends are some of the funniest, wittiest, most hilarious people I know. I’ve discovered that men are extremely lacking in the humor department when the humor is turned around on them. As I once told a guy who thought I should “lighten up” and laugh about rape jokes, “If your best friend had been raped, would you find those jokes funny? How about if I start telling some castration jokes?” He suddenly started whining about how I must hate men…only a cruel man-hater would think something like castration could possibly be funny, but sheesh…lighten up…if I had a sense of humor, I’d realize that rape IS funny! (Call me humorous and paranoid, but I decided to leave. Immediately. I didn’t want to risk turning into fodder for his amusement.)

    I don’t want the kind of sense of humor that thinks it is funny to sing a song about a solier who is so cowardly that he uses a little girl as a human shield, that he finds it humorous to describe the blood pouring from between her eyes. But, you see, I think too much with my heart, I suppose. I think of little girls that I know and love. I think of how I was raised to believe that soldiers were supposed to be heroic and courageous, to protect children rather than to laugh at their deaths. Those who did such things were bad soldiers, cowardly, lacking any sort of true warrior spirit, bringing shame on our country.

    Posted by Rebecca | July 7, 2006, 3:34 pm
  17. How many men would find this sort of song funny? While reading the story line, try to imagine ironic humor and well-written lyrics and music:

    Imagine if a young woman sang a song about how the other women in her village were harrassed, raped, even killed, by the soldiers. She was always careful as could be. Her family vowed to protect her the best they could. Then, one day when she is out and about, she unfortunately captures the lustful attention of some soldier. He begins following her, trying to talk to her. She knows that what he really wants is to have sex with her, and she fears being raped like some of her friends. Her caution and quick-thinking takes over.

    So she tells him, “Come meet my family”. She hurries. He hurries after her, practically breathing down her neck in his eagerness. Before she can reach her home, her sister spots her. One glance tells her the whole story. She runs to warn the family.

    The family is ready. When the solider comes in the room, the mother recognizes him as the same man who raped a neighbor girl. The family decides to avenge her rape, protect their daughter, and bring judgment upon a rapist.

    Frankly, I don’t find killing songs funny, but I think this song could be done in a really humorous sort of way. Maybe some sort of inventive punishment short of death could be dealt to the rapist. The humorous part would be that this guy — set on raping yet another young woman, sure he’ll get by with it again — would set himself up and would only have himself to blame for what comes to him. The girl emerges the victor, rather than the victim.

    I doubt that such a song, no matter how well sung, no matter how ironic and humorous and witty, would ever achieve popularity, except maybe among “humorless” feminists.

    Posted by Rebecca | July 7, 2006, 4:04 pm
  18. Womenspace, it is sobering to look around and read some of the posts of support for the right of a song to exist over the dignity, and life of a fifteen year old child.

    In order to support the lyrics, a person must completely disregard the child’s humanity, and her protected right to exist, unmolested by those under the guise of her “liberators”.

    Again Heart, thanks for your post. It certainly raises conversation and hopefully from that, awareness.🙂

    Hey LP, intriguing blog🙂 i had to blogroll you for later readings.

    Posted by hazel8500 | July 9, 2006, 10:33 pm
  19. In Izom in Gawu Babangida Local Government Area of Niger State a young girl was was stoned to death by irate youths for distributing inciting leaflets. Trouble started at about noon when a girl walked straight into the Jumat Mosque in Izom where she dropped the inciting letters in the Mosque.
    As the letter was opened, it was discovered that it was a letter full of unprintable materials accusing both Prophet Muhammad, Jesus Christ and even some living and dead Pastors of some misdeeds. The girl, fleeing from an irate mob, had run to the police station to seek refuge. The mob carried out extra-judicial killing of an innocent girl right within the premises of a police station in 21st century Nigeria! The mob carried out its dastardly act without any resistance whatsoever from the police. None of the hoodlums who took part in the attack was arrested or hurt during the attack. But the police claimed that the miscreants overwhelmed them and that some policemen were wounded during the attack.

    The point should be made that there was no evidence that the police fired a single shot or even a teargas canister to disperse the rampaging crowd. This is rather strange. And I begin to wonder if it is the same Nigeria Police that shoot-to-kill under the slightest provocation. The Nigeria Police that would happily teargas innocent citizens who engaged in peaceful protests against unpopular government’s policies suddenly found themselves incapacitated and could not raise a hand against the assailants who ultimately achieved their ignoble objective at the police station. The unruly crowd came, attacked and killed an innocent girl in a police station manned by trigger-happy Nigerian policemen and went away unscathed! That was very strange indeed.

    That a police station could not be a sanctuary to a girl fleeing from assailants puts a big blot on the capacity and readiness of the Nigeria Police to carry out their primary responsibility of protecting life and property.

    So I am waiting and wondering if the human rights crowd to express its utter disgust over such barbaric religious persecution and am so sure I will hear feminist outrage over this young woman’s senseless brutal lynching.

    Posted by Julio | July 11, 2006, 12:45 am
  20. I am sicken to my soul and so relieved to read that other women out there can see it too. Sometimes I feel like the only one. I am at Uni doing a social work course and have had classmates suggest I need counselling because I can see the hatred of patriarchy. Is anybody out there?

    Posted by Becky Phillips | July 11, 2006, 4:06 pm
  21. Hearing stories of rape angers and disgusts me more than those of murder, and this story kept me from sleeping for a couple of nights. However the song referenced here is not geared toward random killing of citizens. It is implying the soldier was purposely being tricked into coming into the home for the sole purpose of being killed. Was there anger in the ending of the song, yes. Does it breed greater strife between our soldiers and the citizens of Iraq, yes. Is it a song about rape and/or ruthless murder of women in general, no.

    All of the responses so far have been well thought out and expressed, but it seems like it is getting out of hand in it’s attempt to relate this incident to all that is bad in the war as well as the crime of rape in general.

    Hopefully the war will be over soon, but until it does both sides will be forced to violence that many will not want to be involved in. Unfortunately every country has the kind of sick, demented, psychopaths that do things like the American soldier did, but it should not be a statement for an entire people. Our country has never properly punished a rapist and rarely fully punishes murderers, but as long as step are taken to treat this @#$% like anyone who would commit such atrocities, it is not something we are doing wrong as a whole, it is unfortunately a horrible human being that was allowed to join a military full of our sons and daughters.

    Posted by ChuckT | August 8, 2006, 5:47 pm
  22. For all the “Manly Marines” who think this song is funny, I say wait several years down the road when you’re holding your own daughter and sing it to her. Let us know if you still think the song is funny…Oh, I forgot, you won’t have any kids ’cause you’ll still be stuck in that shit hole Iraq while I’ll be viewing your beheading on the internet in the good ol’ US of A. Too bad the government owns your ass forever! But anyway, we support our troops. That’s all we have to say to have you dumb young fucks stay in the middle of a civil war. LOL! (maniacally) Hooo Raaa!

    Posted by Sam | August 10, 2006, 9:16 pm
  23. Come on people…it’s FUNNY when you sing songs about women and children getting shot between the eyes and blood flying! What is up with y’all?! Have you lost your sense of humor completely?
    WOMEN+CHILDREN+BLOOD+DEATH = FUNNY! Go figure.

    Posted by Willy G | August 11, 2006, 5:36 am
  24. “For all the “Manly Marines” who think this song is funny, I say wait several years down the road when you’re holding your own daughter and sing it to her. Let us know if you still think the song is funny…Oh, I forgot, you won’t have any kids ’cause you’ll still be stuck in that shit hole Iraq while I’ll be viewing your beheading on the internet in the good ol’ US of A. Too bad the government owns your ass forever! But anyway, we support our troops. That’s all we have to say to have you dumb young fucks stay in the middle of a civil war. LOL! (maniacally) Hooo Raaa!” — SAM

    How can you have the audacity to say you support the troops while you can say something like this? All you have done is make yourself look like an uneducated and socially inept.

    My question to all of you is have you ever found darwin awards funny? Are any of you doctors? If so have you ever joked about a funny injury you’ve seen? If you’ve survived cancer, have you ever joked about that? Don’t get me wrong, for the rape and murder of those people, the soldiers responsible should be executed. But this song isn’t about rape, nor does it imply it to the common person unless you skew the point of the song so much you lose focus of reality. Remember, this song isn’t real.

    Posted by Name | August 20, 2006, 4:38 pm
  25. I haven’t read all of “Womenspace,” but I was intrigued by this posting. What is an anomaly in the US armed forces is by all accounts institutionally sanctioned in Muslim countries. Women have been, are and will be repeatedly subjugated, raped, tortured, stoned, and murdered by their Muslim brothers, uncles, fathers, and run-of-the-mill men reading their “holy” book and this whole string has nothing to say about them. Instead your laser focus is on the handful of Americans who may have committed crimes against Iraqi women. It is astounding to me how little feminists have to say about Muslim men, but have neverending fountains of blame for American or western men. These American men (and women) are defending your freedom to blog all day and night long. They are the only ones standing between you and totalitarian regimes around the world who want to see you dead. Wake up all of you who feel oppressed by “the man.” One day you may find out what oppression really is. Ask some of your Muslim sisters, if you dare to know the truth.

    Posted by Debbie O. | August 22, 2006, 5:02 am
  26. “I don’t think any of the men who did this were personality-disordered. I think they were men under male heterosupremacy who had the opportunity of a lifetime: the opportunity to get away with raping and killing and getting revenge against a beautiful young girl who had rejected them.”

    Holy shit. Thank you for putting this into words.

    Posted by Wow | March 31, 2007, 3:44 am
  27. I posted this on myspace and on my page this put such a pain and sickness to my heart……..i cant even believe,

    Posted by Rebecca! | April 18, 2007, 1:45 am
  28. There’s no words for the atrocity that the man who made this song committed, or those who laughed at it or supported it, or did anything but reject it. These people share the earth with us, the only thing technically different is where they live. And somehow, because we live in the “land of the Free”, we’re never in the wrong and we can do whatever the hell we want over there because, hey! We have guns if they stand up to us.

    If they even dare to think that what we’re doing isn’t morally correct by default.

    I’m not even blaming those “insurgents” anymore for killing those jerks that we call “troops”. It’s this kind of action that has them begging for anti-Iraqi war sentiments.

    Not only that, but Southpark is just about the most offensive show I have ever watched. Being offensive is funny to a point, but after that threshold, it’s just simply obnoxious and intolerable.

    This passes that threshold by a long shot.

    Posted by Mimi | October 2, 2007, 11:59 pm

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