NEW VIDEO SHOWS U.S. TROOPS KILLING PEOPLE IN WAR ZONE
April 6 2010
Washington, D.C. – There are perhaps more adjectives describing the nature of way than there ever has been actual wars. Throughout the history of conflict, politicians, philosophers, artists, and theologians have all attempted to articulate the true nature
of war, both its impact on the combatants as well as the innocents who are inevitably caught in the middle of such conflicts, all to ultimately underwhelming results. No film, no book, no testimony can ever truly relate the nature of war, what it’s like to risk your own life and take the life of another, and likely never will.
There is one truth about war that most people have nailed right on the head; that it will never end. Though human beings have longed dreamt of a time when conflict will end, where we will someday just be able to all get along in peace and harmony, our wars have only gotten worse. They have become more brutal, more impactful, and done for far inferior rationales than they ever have been. While we live a
future our ancestors could scarcely imagine, our wars have done the opposite of abating. Such appears to be the case in Iraq where an incident highlighted in a newly released video shows U.S. soldiers firing on a group of civilians and killing them, showing that war, despite all our advances, still kills people.
The video, which dates to July of 2007, shows a group of men believed to insurgents but in actuality were reporters for Reuters. The group was then fired upon by the Apache gunmen and once help came, those attempting to aid were also fired upon. It’s believed that 12 people were killed in the incident which the military maintains were insurgents, and that the incident was an isolated one. The site Wikileaks released the formerly classified video which has made a stir throughout the media which has shocked many people with its depiction of death in war.
“This is a shocking video for so many reasons. The first thing you notice is how lousy a shot many of these gunmen are, but beyond that it highlights that there are people dying in these wars. I mean people are used to wars in the movies, where we know that these are actors who might get dirty and even a few scrapes here and there, ultimately they do walk away unlike these poor people who have are now dead,” said Scrape TV International Conflict analyst Mario Martinez. “For many people there was this belief that we had left the killing of people in war behind us, that this was something done by savages and lesser nations but it is clear now that U.S. soldiers do indeed kill people in conflict zones, and sometimes they kill the wrong people. I wouldn’t be surprised if this makes man people reassess their support for war going forward.”
It’s believed that none of the people killed in the video were American or had any American relatives. Reuters is based in the U.K. and is primarily owned by Canadians.
“More than 800,000 Iraqis have died since the war began as a direct result of the conflict but is was widely believed that many of them died of ancillary reasons such as heart attacks and old age, after all war is stressful and this one has taken a long time. Everyone knew that a few people had actually died of bullets and bombs, but they were thought to be the exception which this video shows may not be the case,” continued Martinez. “It appears that the more things change the more they stay the same. War has long had a history of killing folks and no matter how sophisticated our tools become, it appears it still does.”
Wikileaks stated that they were in possession of more video which showed further deaths from the war.
Mike Michaels, American Correspondent