On November 24th, 2011 a video from Live Leaks surfaced on Youtube showing a group of US soldiers dragging a sheep into a crowded room and laughing with delight as one of their officers repeatedly and savagely smashes it in the head. As this is happening, several Afghani children jump up and down with excitement as soldiers clap, cheer and encourage the attacker on until the limp and lifeless body of the animal is dragged across the ground and out of the view of the camera.
To date, the US Army has released only one statement saying that they are investigating the matter but animal activists and concerned citizens have expressed their distrust in the process as in the past only minor disciplinary charges have been given out for similar offences.
According to the Live Leaks website the incident occurred on November 6th, 2011 as part of the holy festival of Eid and that the killing was "to represent a sacrifice made by Abraham of a ram when the angels told him that he had fulfilled the dream ordering him to sacrifice his young son, at which he laid down the knife and sacrificed the animal instead." Although the soldiers may have been using this festival as an excuse to engage in the brutal killing of an animal the article also pointed out that killing the sheep in such a way "is not sanctioned."
In an interview this morning with CNN's Candy Crowley on State Of The Union, Ron Paul had mentioned the Jim Crow laws stating,
"The Jim Crow laws obviously
had to get rid of and we're all better off
for that and that is an important issue
so i strongly supported that"
The CNN interview can be found here
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