Sunday, April 07, 2013

Homicidal intent

The London Sunday Times reports that British soldiers are being given classes in body language: “The troops are being taught how subtle gestures, eye signals and changes to body posture can indicate that a ‘green-on-blue’ attack is imminent. Even the way an individual swings his arm or the direction his feet are pointing can provide a clue that he is hiding a gun. Troops are being told that three or more suspicious body language ‘cues’ may indicate ‘homicidal intent’.”

Afghans might be forgiven for thinking that nothing indicates “homicidal intent” so much as occupation forces being taught that they can and should shoot natives who look at them funny.

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