If It Was A Joke, Where Is The Punchline?

From Holden:

The Marine who wrote and performed the “Hadji Girl” song says it was just a joke but I think we all know that this particular ditty is representative of both the prevailing attitude among our armed forces in Iraq towards the very people they are supposed to be “liberating” and the larger breakdown in discipline that has resulted from a lack of leadership at the top.

A Marine Corps corporal seen in a video signing about killing members of an Iraqi family says the song was only a joke and not tied in any way to allegations that Marines killed as many as two dozen unarmed civilians in Haditha last year. “It’s a song that I made up and it was nothing more than something supposed to be funny, based off a catchy line of a movie,” Cpl. Joshua Belile told The Daily News of Jacksonville. “I apologize for any feelings that may have been hurt in the Muslim community. This song was written in good humor and not aimed at any party, foreign or domestic.”

In a four-minute video called “Hadji Girl,” a singer who appears to be a Marine tells a cheering audience about gunning down members of an Iraqi woman’s family after they confront him with automatic weapons.


In an interview with The Daily News, Belile said he wrote “Hadji Girl” in September while in Iraq. He said his buddies enjoyed the song and pushed him on stage with his guitar. Someone taped the performance and posted it on the Internet, but it has since been removed from the Web site where it was initially posted.

The song tells the story of a Marine who falls in love with an Iraqi girl and is taken to meet her family. The girl’s family shoots her and then attacks the Marine, who uses her younger sister as a shield and watches blood spray from her head.

He then sings about blowing the father and brother “to eternity.”

“I think it was a joke that is trying to be taken seriously,” said Belile, who learned the video was on the Internet after he returned from Iraq in March. “I think it’s a joke, and anybody who tries to take it seriously knows it’s a joke. People can’t just laugh at it and let it go.”

After initially speaking with The Daily News on Tuesday, Belile later called the newspaper has asked to have his comments replaced with a “no comment.” [emphasis added]


Belile said the song is a work of fiction not connected to any alleged misconduct.

“This is in no way, shape or form related to the events that happened at Haditha,” he said. “The song was written long before the events happened. The song reflects nobody’s viewpoint. It’s completely made up. It’s completely fictional.”