There’s been many, many reports and testimonies coming out of Iraq of totally disproportionate use of aggression by coalition soldiers, be they the contracted mercenaries of Xe/Blackwater (read here, here and most particularly here for some of the most gruesome accounts), US Army soldiers (or robots). Very sadly they are most likely but the tip of the iceberg. The above video, posted on wikileaks.org yesterday, probably spells much about today’s video game generation of soldiers that we send into combat completely detached from reality, and about the training they receive. The video shows how a US helicopter crew engages and kills a group of Iraqi civilians in Baghdad, based on grainy video images showing ‘insurgents’. In fact the people on the street were unarmed civilians and a Reuters photographer, Namir Noor-Eldeen and driver, Saeed Chmagh, whose cameras were mistaken for weapons and quickly translated into ‘AK47′s and ‘RPGs’. The video pretty much speaks for itself, but the N.Y.Times also wrote about it here. Just horrible, horrible.
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