The following video is shocking. If you don’t want to see real people getting killed with real bullets, then please don’t watch it.
Collateral Murder (Warning: Very disturbing imagery)
But, just like it’s good for us to meet the animals we consume, I think it’s good for us to see what happens to our taxpayer dollars when they’re used in war; in securing oil, securing the lifestyles we’ve grown accustomed to, and in protecting our economic stranglehold on the rest of the world.
In this video, along with a dozen or more ‘unknowns’, two Reuters reporters were killed. In the immediate area, a New York Times reporter almost met the same fate, when he pointed his camera at one of the U.S. attack helicopters.
People will argue over the content of this video. Were the soldiers justified in their request to, as they pleaded to their superiors – "Let us shoot!"? Perhaps there were RPGs. Perhaps they didn’t see the children seated in the front seat of the van they were begging to destroy. Perhaps the children were brought to "a battle", and weren’t on a mission to collect wounded, as it appeared to my untrained eyes. Perhaps they really thought the wounded man attempting to crawl to shelter posed some kind of threat.
Whatever you may think of the incident, the official version given to the media speaks volumes that can be summed up in two words. They lie.
I just feel sadness for an erosion of more than morality – but a complete absence of sympathy or empathy. The modern soldier, protector of liberty and justice, has instead become defender of corporate interests and unbridled consumption, and murderer of anyone who stands in their way.