Indian Truckers claim American cowardice

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  1. diamond geezer macrumors regular

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    Not an article your likely to see in the USA.

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    "The Iraqis think that the truckers are the life line of the American forces in Iraq and if the truck drivers refuse to work then the Americans would find it difficult to continue the occupation of Iraq and would be forced to leave. They told us that they have nothing against the people of India and hence not to assist the Americans. If we worked for the Americans, then we would be seen as enemies of Iraqis," he said.

    What forced Harnek to return was the attitude of the American forces.

    "We took food for them in 60-feet long trucks. But once inside the army camps, we were held captive at gunpoint by American soldiers and not allowed to leave. Their treatment was horrible.

    "As far as their bravery is concerned, the less said the better. When a convoy was attacked, the escort vehicles would simply speed off in different directions and leave the hapless truck drivers to fend for themselves," he said.

    Tarlok Singh (43) of Kalabakra village in Jalandhar district returned to India on the same day as Harnek. He not only corroborated what the other truckers told rediff.com but also gave a vivid description of an April 10 attack on a convoy of trucks.

    "As the convoy of 18 trucks moved from Kuwait to Tikrit via Baghdad, we came under heavy fire soon after we had passed the Iraqi capital.

    "A glass splinter entered the eye of Abdul Shakoor of Kolkata, who was driving the first truck. Another driver Aroop Singh was hit in both the thighs and was bleeding but did not stop. The three escort vehicles in the front simply sped off and the one at the back took a U-turn and sped back to Baghdad.

    "We sped on touching speeds of 135 kilometres per hour. The bodies of the trucks had gaping holes all over. It was only after we had covered six kilometers that the firing stopped. Once we reached Tikrit, we got Aroop admitted to a hospital and 15 days later he was taken back to Kuwait but only after we raised a hue and cry about it," Tarlok Singh told rediff.com.

    Both Harnek Singh and Tarlok Singh declared that they would prefer to die of starvation rather than work in Kuwait or Iraq.[/QUOTE]
     
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  3. diamond geezer thread starter macrumors regular

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    Appears to be a major indian news organisation

    Appears to be a major indian news organisation judging by their investor information.

     
  4. skunk macrumors G4

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    Anyone have anything to say? I wonder what these escorts' instructions are?
     
  5. diamond geezer thread starter macrumors regular

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    Maybe the escorts are themselves "Private Contractors", with very little interest in giving their lives to a bunch of trucks and Indians?
     
  6. skunk macrumors G4

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    Driving military Humvees? I think not. Either way, it's either dereliction of duty or breach of contract, unless the "duty" and "contract" specify that they should run back to base at the first sign of trouble.
     
  7. themadchemist macrumors 68030

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    Yeah, rediff.com is a pretty widely accessed online media source in India.

    The stories are jarring and really call to question the quality of the American "peacekeeping" effort in Iraq.

    That subcontracted Indian truck drivers would show more mettle than US soldiers is embarrassing.
     

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