Monday, April 05, 2010

War really is hell - Updated

I haven't been able to bring myself to watch this video released by Wikileaks of our soldiers shooting innocent civilians and treating it like a video game. I still have nightmares about the one I saw back in 2003 on the same theme. That one featured the air to ground slaughter of unarmed Iraqi men. I hear this one is women, children and Reuters reporters.

There was a time when the US mainstream media would have broken a story like this. Those days are long gone.

Update: Via Maddow's Blog I have a better description of the Wikileaks video.
Wikileaks has obtained and decrypted this previously unreleased video footage from a US Apache helicopter in 2007. It shows Reuters journalist Namir Noor-Eldeen, driver Saeed Chmagh, and several others as the Apache shoots and kills them in a public square in Eastern Baghdad. They are apparently assumed to be insurgents. After the initial shooting, an unarmed group of adults and children in a minivan arrives on the scene and attempts to transport the wounded. They are fired upon as well. The official statement on this incident initially listed all adults as insurgents and claimed the US military did not know how the deaths ocurred.

Update: The video has been confirmed as authentic. [Via Greg Mitchell who has been following this all day.]

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