Saturday, April 05, 2003

Nation at War: Need a bath? Praise Jesus!

This is horrible. Absolutely Horrible.

CAMP BUSHMASTER, Iraq - In this dry desert world near Najaf, where the Army V Corps combat support system sprawls across miles of scabrous dust, there's an oasis of sorts: a 500-gallon pool of pristine, cool water.

It belongs to Army chaplain Josh Llano of Houston, who sees the water shortage - which has kept thousands of filthy soldiers from bathing for weeks - as an opportunity.

"It's simple. They want water. I have it, as long as they agree to get baptized," he said.

I guess our Jewish soldiers, Muslim Soldiers, Atheist Soldiers, Buddhist Soldiers, Hindu soldiers, and Catholic soldiers (“We acknowledge ONE baptism for the forgiveness of sins”) don’t get to clean up. After all, their blood spilt just as the Baptist soldiers.

There is just so much WRONG with this. First of all, we must assume that the water, although clean, is not fit for drinking. Because, if it is, and our troops are bathing instead of quenching the thirst of Iraqis, then there’s the bigger problem.

Apparently I’m not the only one outraged by this. Calpundit, Eschaton, and readers of Media Whores also agree.

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