Wikileaks Leaks “Collateral Murder” Video


I generally don’t post on this type of issue but I figured I would try and put this in perspective a little bit.

This video has made headlines in the blogosphere.

As you can see this is a video of United States military troops engaging, what was thought to be, insurgents with AK-47’s and RPG’s. It turns out that they were in fact not insurgents, but rather, Reuters reporters.

First, some commentary on the video and then you can watch the following video I’ve posted. One thing that we need to note before I say anything else, we cannot let this now turn into another debate about whether or not any of this should have happened, via a discussion about whether or not we should be in Iraq. We have to deal with the reality of the situation, we were and are in Iraq and this happened, that’s it

I’ve watched a lot of these Apache videos, the one thing they all have in common is the usual banter between pilots. When they make a good shot they say “good shot” when they kill an insurgent they talk back and forth and really get into it, sometimes even saying cuss words and calling the insurgents bad names. I would not have it any other way, these men should want to kill the enemy, and if they say some derogatory thing after they kill some Iraqi or Afghan terrorist that is fine with me.

People seem to want to make a big deal over some of the comments that the pilots made during and after the engagement. Like “Oh yeah, look at that. Right through the windshield!” with regard to the van that was shot up in the video. Stuff like that is going to happen in every Apache video that you watch, these people are going to cheer when they have a victory. One comment that seems to be causing some controversy is the exchange after the tanks arrived, a guy says “I think they just drove over a body.” He did run over a body and they talk about that for a second or two.

Is this a very sad thing that happened? Yes, it really sucks that people die in wars when they don’t deserve to die at all.

Now for the next video. This is a video of an insurgent in Afghanistan who is trying to plant an IED, but the plan backfires and it explodes, killing the insurgent. Note the main reason why they do not open fire on this man, a child is in the tent with this stupid terrorist.

I encourage you to read this article by Bill Roggio of the Weekly Standard, he seems to know a lot more about the issue than I.

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