War as a perversion of sex.

“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.”

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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2023: I publish an email newsletter called LANDLINE = https://jaybabcock.substack.com Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca.