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US Apache Helicopter Attack Footage

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WARNING – EXTREMELY GRAPHIC VIDEO

In 2007, the US Army, flying over the skies of Baghdad in attack Apache Helicopters,  fired upon a group of people walking along a street thinking they were insurgents.  Two men within this group were journalists.   No one survived.  It is possible that the other men were insurgents as weapons were allegedly found which leads you to wonder what the journalists were doing there in the first place.  We will never know.

After a few minutes, a van arrives to pick up the bodies and this van is also fired upon killing these people but tragically, also injuring two children as well.  The response from one of the Apache Helicopter Crew is chilling.

“Well, it’s their fault for bringing their kids into battle.”

If you have the stomach for it, watch the video.  It is all in black and white and there is no blood but knowing what has just happened to these men is haunting.

I’m not going to say whether the actions of the US servicemen in this video is right or wrong.  They are there and I am here safely at my desk reading and watching the news and I have no idea what they see on a daily basis to pass judgement.  An inquiry into the event captured in the video cleared them of any wrong doing so I am not going to second guess the investigation.

I just that hope one day the world will be at peace and there is no fighting whether for religion, power, land or any other stupid reason.

I don’t think I will ever see the day.

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2 Comments

  1. Stephen C. Albanese says:

    As a U.S. Army Soldier who has been to Iraq twice and has seen first hand what most people turn away from in a movie, I have a few things to say. After reading your blog, I thank you for NOT passing judgement on what happened. Believe me when I say the men in that Apache did what they believed to be the right thing. However, the statement that was made by the 1 crew member was inappropriate whether he meant it or not.

    Having said that…..Well, it’s WAR and sometimes your emotions get the best of you. The United States follows Rules of Engagement and falls under the Geneva Convention.

    The Geneva Conventions compromise rules that apply in times of armed conflict and seek to protect people who are not or are no longer taking part in hostilities.
    For Example: – Wounded or sick fighters
    – Prisoners of War
    – Civilians
    – Medical & religious personnell

    Iraqi’s DO NOT follow this: For example:
    – They cut off the heads of Soldiers they capture and put it on the internet.
    – They use women and children to emplace IED’s (Improvised Explosive devices)
    – They shoot at us from religious structures such as Mosques
    – They shoot down our Medical Choppers (MEDEVAC) coming to pick up our wounded and dead

    So, Forgive me but I WILL come home alive and bring my Soldiers home Alive, even if it means a woman or a child has to die. I will shoot back at a religious structures if that’s where the danger is coming from. How is it that the media….OUR OWN media will make us look inhumane or look like murderer’s?! BULLSHIT, WE ARE HEROES and so were those men on that Apache!! I could NOT live with myself if my indecisiveness cost the life of one of my Soldiers! We make split second decisions and we are human. We are gonna make mistakes. I give all my Soldiers words to live by before heading to combat. “I’d rather be tried by 12 then carried by 6”!

    I know I may be venting a little but I am passionate about this. Think about it! What was the hardest decision you have had to make in the past year? These Soldiers have to make life or death decisions quite often when they are deployed!

    • jackmcclane says:

      Stephen

      Thanks for your comment.

      Every single soldier serving is a hero. In the last month we have had 5 Aussie Diggers die in Afghanistan and 16 overall. While not a huge number compared to US losses, we feel each and every one.

      I understand that we are not fighting on a level playing field when it comes to the Taliban. Like I said, I’m not going to pass judgement on any of these guys. I often say things which I instantly regret and I understand that may have been the case with these guys too. That doesn’t mean they can’t be held responsible for what they say. A good slap across the wrist is enough though.

      I love your comment about being tried by 12 than carried by 6.

      From me to you and your mates fighting the good fight, I say thanks.

      Jack

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