Saturday, April 14, 2007


German trainer told soldier to picture shooting blacks in Bronx.

BERLIN (AP) — A German army instructor ordered a soldier to envision himself in New York City facing hostile blacks while firing his machine gun, a video that aired Saturday on national television showed.

The president of the Bronx, the New York City borough that the army instructor referred to in his directions to the soldier, demanded an apology from the German military and said the clip "indicates that bias and assumptions and racism is alive and well around the world."

The Defense Ministry said the video was shot in July 2006 at barracks in the northern town of Rendsburg and that the army has been aware of it since January.

"We are currently investigating the incident," said Florian Naggies, a spokesman for the army and Defense Ministry.

The clip shows an instructor and a soldier in camouflage uniforms in a forest. The instructor tells the soldier, "You are in the Bronx. A black van is stopping in front of you. Three African-Americans are getting out and they are insulting your mother in the worst ways. ... Act."

The soldier fires his machine gun several times and yells an obscenity several times in English. The instructor then tells the soldier to curse even louder.


Anonymous said...

yeah. to hell with the german army. first fucking skulls, now this. the good thing: it might just put a sudden hold to the crazy plans of using 'german troops to secure german interests around the globe' that some german politicians have come up with.

Kate-A said...

I'm no so sure the US isn't already protecting the "good Germans" interests. #2 son (MI) about 3 years ago had to play with some German troops at Lachland AFB, or maybe Ft. Huachuca (forget which). He never said much about it but I had the feeling #2 didn't particularly care for them.

Personally, every German national I've met had an air of superiority about them; but I always hoped that was due to circumstances and countries where I met them, not innate to the German character.

OTOH, a nation's military is the reflection of their society.

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