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  • Iraqis Thrash the Brits - we need more stories like this.

    http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmp...n_030403202551

    British marines under the kosh from local Iraqi soccer team

    SOUTHERN IRAQ (AFP) - (Pool material) Eleven British Royal Marines have come under the kosh on the dusty streets of Umm Khayyal, being handed a 7-3 thrashing by the local football team, resplendent in full strip, boots and squad numbers.


    A thousand spectators came from all ends of the town, throngs of screaming men and children marking out the boundaries of the pitch.


    In the face of such passion, Leading Airman Dave Husbands said the marines were beaten from the start.


    "We turned up to play and there was no-one around, just a few kids messing about," he said.


    "Then suddenly, out of nowhere, came this kitted-up football team together with a referee and two linesmen.


    "The boys thought they must be the Iraqi international side or something. In truth, they thrashed us."


    In a dusty old market square, 11 of 42 Commando's K Company finest struggled in stifling conditions under blue skies.


    There were no jumpers for goalposts here -- even the referee had a whistle and cards in his pocket, two linesmen proudly carried flags.


    Hundreds of children chanted, some sporting the red shirts of Manchester United or Arsenal, carrying playing card pictures of David Beckham and David Seaman.


    The Umm Khayyal XI made merry, skipping around the robust tackles and passing the ball around with glee.


    Water and oranges at half time could not save the marines, their hair coloured grey with layers of dust, their faces and arms black with dirt.


    Football is their passion and, needless to say, "Mister Beckham", Manchester United's star midfielder, is their man.


    "Beckham is best, Beckham is best!" shouted Mohammad, a 21-year-old spectator.


    "You need him," replied his friend, pointing to the pitch. "You lose bad."


    Meanwhile, the commander of the unit, Lieutenant Colonel Buster Howes, attempted to be magnanimous in defeat.


    "We want a rematch," he said with a smile.
    "Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government’s purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding."

    – Associate Justice Louis D. Brandeis, Olmstead vs. United States.

  • #2
    excellent story, just remember that the story is another example of the coalitions "brutal repression and murder" of the iraqi people... thanks al-jazeera
    Doesn't read Al Franken, can't watch Al Jazeera, will attack dumbasses. Anyone but Rumsfeld '04.

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    • #3
      Re: Iraqis Thrash the Brits - we need more stories like this.

      So what? We've been thrashing the Brit's in every sport they invented.

      All those defeats must be worming their way into the national psyche
      Now listening too;
      - Russell Robertson, ruining whatever credibility my football team once had.

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      • #4
        Bloody Hell, there just HAD to be an Aussie lurking in here didn't there
        "Teamwork is essential - it gives the Enemy someone else to shoot at"

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Wolf
          Bloody Hell, there just HAD to be an Aussie lurking in here didn't there
          heh...more than one...
          Now listening too;
          - Russell Robertson, ruining whatever credibility my football team once had.

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