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April 17, 2003


American troops are lamenting the loss of classic cars owned by the Hussein family.

That would be called, ladies and gentlemen, entirely the wrong perspective, when miles away a Museum and its history is ransacked, empty and broken.

I don't use this phrase much - OK I do - but what fucking clueless idiots. And for THAT, yes I would deserve a punch.
U.S. troops cringe as they crush classic cars in Iraq
DETROIT - These are spoils of war that will go to no one.

Dozens of classic cars owned by Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and other Baath Party leaders were among the choicest selections for looters in Baghdad. But U.S. concerns that the cars could be used in suicide bombings or roadblocks has resulted in orders to have them destroyed.

So, a nearly mint-condition 1955 Chevy Bel Air has become scrap thanks to orders received by Army Spec. Brad Young, a 24-year-old from Clinton, Utah, who ran over the car with his tank, the Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday.

The orders for the cars' destruction came last week after U.S. troops found two garages in Saddam's palace compound near the Tigris River. The garages contained about 60 cars, including a 1917 Mercedes, a 1930s Packard, a V8 Woody and the '55 Chevy Bel Air.

The decision to destroy the classics was reached as looters tried to take the vehicles. All the cars had a key in the ignition.

Looters "went straight for the garage," said Army Sgt. Quincy Oree, 26, of Columbia, S.C. "They knew exactly where they were."

About 20 cars were taken before U.S. troops clamped down and began destroying them. They are among the few things U.S. forces have destroyed as they try to keep intact as much as possible for the new government.

The decision to destroy the cars was a painful one for many soldiers.

"I love cars. It was hard to see a Bel Air destroyed," said Pfc. Raul Carbajal, a 20-year-old from Chicago.