Earlier, I linked to an article about al-Shabab distributing a photo of a dead French soldier. Now, I’m sure some of the French are outraged over it, but the photo above is the one that gets them really angry. From NBC;
Photographer Issouf Sanogo of the Agence France-Presse news agency and Yann Foreix of Le Parisien were drawn to the soldier, whom they photographed. The bandana is an accessory sold for fans of the violent military game “Call of Duty.” At first glance, the soldier bears eerie resemblance the character Ghost from the video game.
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French military officials aren’t happy about the image, according to newspaper Liberation in Paris.
“This is unacceptable behavior,” said Col. Thierry Burkhard. “This image is not representative of action by France in Mali.”
Never mind that “French Defense Minister Jean-Yves LeDrian said over the weekend that the goal is the “total reconquest of Mali,” and that the French military would not “leave any pockets of resistance.”"
Looks to me like that French soldier is just getting into the spirit.
And since I’ve been picking on the French all day today, The Duffel Blog’s David Brooks picks on them, too. If the French don’t like it, maybe they shouldn’t have elected Hollande.