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An address should carry respect - Dotemirates

An address should carry respect

During the Iraq War of 2003, I was seated with a group at a coffee shop in the Sheraton hotel when we were approached by some American soldiers who had arrived in Saudi Arabia a couple of days earlier. “Hey, you ragheads,” yelled one of them, “Where’s some action around here?”Ragheads? That was a new one to most of us, but it didn’t take us long to figure out the slur behind those words. Notwithstanding the fact that it was said by a cherubic and innocent-looking young soldier on his first overseas duty, we made it very clear to him...


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An address should carry respect

During the Iraq War of 2003, I was seated with a group at a coffee shop in the Sheraton hotel when we were approached by some American soldiers who had arrived in Saudi Arabia a couple of days earlier. “Hey, you ragheads,” yelled one of them, “Where’s some action around here?”Ragheads? That was a new one to most of us, but it didn’t take us long to figure out the slur behind those words. Notwithstanding the fact that it was said by a cherubic and innocent-looking young soldier on his first overseas duty, we made it very clear to him...