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Monday, May 02, 2005

Coke Bottles

I read Bob Herbert's column in the NYT today. He interviewed a vet of the current Iraq war who claimed the soldiers in his unit routinely break coke bottles over the head of Iraqi pedestrians as the soldiers drive by in their Humvees.

I rarely read Herbert as I find he sounds like he is from the "cut and paste any old press release" school of journalism and tends to just phone it in but today I read his story. I am not naive enough to doubt abuses have occurred (as in any other war) but I am a little surprised and therefore have my doubts that real coke bottles are used in large numbers anywhere anymore. Can anyone out there tell me if coke bottles are actually available in sufficient quantities for the soldiers to regularly wield as weapons?

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I was over in Iraq for 10 months and I don't remember seeing Coke in glass bottles, most drinks came in cans or plastic.

Sean from DocintheBox said...

Nope, never saw one either over there

Anonymous said...

I did 15 months, all my soda was in cans. Maybe he got his hands on some Snapple

Harvey said...

A glass soda bottle, particularly the trademarked Coca Cola ones, are VERY stout containers (My father used to run high pressure chemical reactions in them when he was in college - said they were good for 600 psi!) - you could probably do someone serious injury trying to break one on their unprotected head. Somehow, I think if this were happening, the MSM would have been all over it for all the serious head injuries it would be generating.

Anonymous said...

Coke still comes in bottles?? Glass bottles??? Not in Iraq it doesn't! Cans. That's all I ever saw