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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Support the troops?

I do, of course, but then...I used to be one of them. I suppose that gives me insights that (some) others do not have.

I came across an article that made my blood boil:

Web Site Kicks Sand in Faces of GIs in Iraq Asking for Mats to Ease Hardship of Sleeping on Ground

An American GI assigned to one of the harshest posts in Iraq had a simple request last week for a Wisconsin mattress company: send some floor mats to help ease the hardship of sleeping on the cold, bug-infested ground.

What he got, instead, was a swift kick from the company's Web site, which not only refused the request but added insult to injury with the admonition, "If you were sensible, you and your troops would pull out of Iraq."

Army Sgt. Jason Hess, stationed in Taji, Iraq, with the 1st Cavalry Division, said he emailed his request to Discount-mats.com because he and his fellow soldiers sleep on the cold ground, which contains sand mites, sand flies and other disease carriers.

In his email, dated Jan. 16, 2007, he asked the Web-based company, registered to Faisal Khetani, an American Muslim of Pakistani descent:

"Do you ship to APO (military) addresses? I'm in the 1st Cavalry Division stationed in Iraq and we are trying to order some mats but we are looking for ships to APO first."

On the same day, Hess received this reply:

"SGT Hess,

We do not ship to APO addresses, and even if we did, we would NEVER ship to Iraq. If you were sensible, you and your troops would pull out of Iraq.

Bargain Suppliers

Khetani on Monday told FOX News that the person responsible for the email reply had been fired. The Web site, meanwhile, has been temporarily taken down.

Hess emailed that he has since found two mat suppliers willing to ship to an APO address in Iraq.

Out of curiosity, I went to the website.

Here's what I got:

Discount-Mats.com is Experiencing Technical Difficulties...
If you are inquiring about your order, please contact us via phone or email.
Thank you for your understanding & patience.

The "boys" at Blackfive had this to say:

Won't Ship to Iraq?

I'm hoping Discount-Mats.com will have to stick to selling prayer mats to Muslims from now on...


Blogger rusty said...

There's an intereting note on Snopes regarding this.


January 25, 2007 8:07 AM  
Blogger benning said...

Yeah, Snopes does confirm, but since I saw one of the Discount-Mats.com folks being interviewed on the TV, I already knew that. What a silly thing to do. In this day and age, do folks really think their nasty writings won't show up?

What an ass-hat that clown is.

PS: the verification word is "snuty" ~ about sums it up, eh?

January 25, 2007 8:46 AM  
Blogger Bob_inSpain said...

I guess THAT is the sort of attitude people had toward soldiers who served in Vietnam.

I know another guy who says every US soldier that dies in Iraq is a good thing. I hope he is just venting his anger about what he feels is a bad US action; his comment disturbs me. But, he is otherwise an intelligent person, and he is from another country w/ its own very different history (a country that had a big army and invaded other places, then we beat the crap out of them in WWII)... so I give him a little slack.

At any rate, the reply from this website in way out of line; even if the guy thinks that, he forgot that he represented other people, not just his own view.

January 25, 2007 9:12 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

Snopes says it's true, which I had already confirmed to my satisfaction without their help...before posting about it.

To what note were you referring?

They had an interview with a Discount-Mats.com staffer on television, did they?

Clown is right.

Yes, that is the sort of attitude (some) people had toward soldiers who served in Vietnam.

As for that guy you know who says "every US soldier that dies in Iraq is a good thing". Could you introduce me to him sometime? I've got something to, ummm, tell him...

January 25, 2007 9:45 AM  
Blogger 'da Bunny said...

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January 25, 2007 10:28 AM  
Blogger JR said...

A couple of days ago several blogs posted Khetani's name, telephone number and address, which was also the business address... Faisal Khetani is an American Muslim from Pakistan... Since he was working out of his garage, the employee that showed allot of immaturity was probably just one of his relatives... Death Threats are so easy when you know where they live... hehehe...

January 25, 2007 12:12 PM  
Blogger boberin said...

This just confirms what I've suspected for year. Most people don't have a clue, any clue whatever about what is really happening. Worse yet, they don't care to learn. Worst of all, they all get to vote.
Hmmm...can't resist one more chance to point out that it is indeed possible to support the troops w/o supporting the mission (well, even the mission was a fair idea on paper but the horrifying execution has long since negated any real hope).
I tried to resist but couldn't...

January 25, 2007 12:29 PM  
Blogger Barb said...

Wow! We,here in Wisconsin sure are geting a lot of bad press lately. Did you hear about the Highschool that has been banned form chanting ,"USA,USA!" at their sporting events? Well ,the little mush brains are not cheering on the United States of America ,it's an insult to the other team ,standing for U(you)Suck A--.
Now rather than banning this ,if I were in charge ,I would sit the little ignoranuses down ,and make it clear to them what they are making fun of,and I would get some big burly Marines to explain it to them.

January 25, 2007 3:50 PM  
Blogger Beerme said...

I'm sure it seemed entirely sensible for the employee to explain that the troops should pull out of Iraq at the time...

January 25, 2007 5:40 PM  
Blogger boberin said...

Barb, that's funny! Sad, but funny

Beerme, just as sensible as the troops just deciding to leave, hop the next flight back

January 25, 2007 5:47 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

'da Bunny:
Little sand-flea? Heh.

Death threats are not the answer.

Most people don't have a clue, agreed.

Can't blame the State of Wisconsin for what certain "mush brains" (as you put it) do.

It seems entirely sensible to me that they fired said employee...

January 25, 2007 7:51 PM  
Blogger mig said...

"a business run by a Pakistani Muslim playing the rabid anti-American card."

January 26, 2007 9:22 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

Truth? One person's truth is another's propaganda.

But the incident truly happened as reported; as for whether the guilty party was actually fired, who knows...

January 28, 2007 3:18 PM  

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