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Okay first this is disturbing to watch. I kind of felt like crying at parts of it. This is the camera footage from an attack helicopter in Iraq. In the video use see the helicopter fire on a small group of people with some of them admittedly armed. Also in that group were a pair of reporters for Rueters. Flagging them as maybe hostile was not the part i object too.

Things happen in combat and I get that, but firing on a group who is not actively perusing combat, firing on people because they are trying to help the wounded, and kids getting hit in the exchange? These guys should have been court martialed. Things happen in combat, but that does not free you of responsibility for your behavior. The military should not have lied and said reporters and children getting caught in a clear exchange of fire. Not once did anybody return fire or even try and fire. This made me sick.

I have nothing but love for the guys serving over there. They were doing a hard job in a hard place but this….this is not the honorable behavior I expect from folks representing us over there.I want them to fight and protect themselves but I want them to be better than our enemies morally as well as militarily. This is not that and someone should be held to account for it.

Originally published at McCoy's Geeky Emporium of Thought. You can comment here or there.

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gr8tmazinkaiser
Apr. 7th, 2010 08:06 pm (UTC)
Doesn't this just go back to the problems of the video game generation?

Killing can become so impersonal that they just start shooting at anyone who might appear to have "red bars" above their heads.

That's what it is, y'know, a fucking videogame...
technoir
Apr. 7th, 2010 08:11 pm (UTC)
I am pretty sure Genghis Khan did not have an Xbox. Not one of the Roman legionaries ever played modern warfare one or two. This is an old story, and it predates our obsession with video games.

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