“War is a perversion of sex. You only have to look at things like the language of war, any of these excitable young American pilots coming back from bombing Libya, and they’re saying: ‘Yeah, we shot our missiles right up their back door.’ Homoerotic. They will also, just before they attack somewhere, generally launch a sort of propaganda campaign saying the enemy is a homosexual… They have to make him into a woman. The Ayatollah Khomeini: ‘Oh yeah, he likes little boys,’ that’s what we were saying just before we bombed the shit out of Iran, or were going to, or that Colonel Gadaffi: ‘He dresses up as a woman,’ this was the CIA rumor put around just before we bombed Tripoli…there’s a lot of connections between war and eroticism.” — Alan Moore interview, 2002
Friday, February 4, 2005 Posted: 11:02 AM EST (1602 GMT)
WASHINGTON (CNN) — A three-star Marine general who said it was “fun to shoot some people” should have chosen his words more carefully, the Marine Corps commandant said Thursday.
Lt. Gen. James Mattis, who commanded Marine expeditions in Afghanistan and Iraq, made the comments Tuesday during a panel discussion in San Diego, California.
“Actually it’s quite fun to fight them, you know. It’s a hell of a hoot,” Mattis said, prompting laughter from some military members in the audience. “It’s fun to shoot some people…You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn’t wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain’t got no manhood left anyway. So it’s a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them.“
Mattis’ press office has not yet responded to a request to answer questions about his comments.
However, the Marine commandant, Gen. Michael Hagee, defended Mattis, calling him “one of this country’s bravest and most experienced military leaders.”