US soldiers fire on Iraqi citizens and Journalists working for US media

I am not going to frame this video with my response to it–I am only going to say two things:

1. I give a massive trigger warning to all who watch this, in particular war survivors or those connected those who were in war. It is horrifying, disgusting, sickening. But it is essential it is seen. So those who are like me–who abhor violence, but will not be emotionally traumatized as a survivor would–I feel it is a duty to watch it. To see what it is being done in your name. And take responsibility for it.

2. As a US citizen, I forcefully denounce what these soldiers did in the name of the US government. As a child of immigrant parents and a member of the immigrant community, I suggest on the strongest terms possible that the pro-immigration activist community complicate and challenge the prevailing idea that we intend to “march for America” as a way to “win” pro-immigration agenda from the government that committed this horrific atrocities.

That said, please watch this video–if you can’t, please forward it as far and wide as you can.

via Huffington Post

A crewman begs for permission to open fire on the van and its occupants, even though it has done nothing but stop to help the wounded: “Come on, let us shoot!”

Calling it a case of “collateral murder,” the WikiLeaks Web site today released harrowing until-now secret video of a U.S. Army Apache helicopter in Baghdad in 2007 repeatedly opening fire on a group of men that included a Reuters photographer and his driver — and then on a van that stopped to rescue one of the wounded men.

None of the members of the group were taking hostile action, contrary to the Pentagon’s initial cover story; they were milling about on a street corner. One man was evidently carrying a gun, though that was and is hardly an uncommon occurrence in Baghdad.

Reporters working for WikiLeaks determined that the driver of the van was a good Samaritan on his way to take his small children to a tutoring session. He was killed and his two children were badly injured.

In the video, which Reuters has been asking to see since 2007, crew members can be heard celebrating their kills.

“Oh yeah, look at those dead bastards,” says one crewman after multiple rounds of 30mm cannon fire left nearly a dozen bodies littering the street.

A crewman begs for permission to open fire on the van and its occupants, even though it has done nothing but stop to help the wounded: “Come on, let us shoot!”
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Two crewmen share a laugh when a Bradley fighting vehicle runs over one of the corpses.

And after soldiers on the ground find two small children shot and bleeding in the van, one crewman can be heard saying: “Well, it’s their fault bringing their kids to a battle.”

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6 comments on “US soldiers fire on Iraqi citizens and Journalists working for US media
  1. Thanks for bringing this story to our attention.
    Sometimes in the context of our everyday life certain words are not profound enough to express certain actions that are beyond the mental construct of the vast majority of humanity-normal,sane,moral people.
    I find events such as this US military slaughter to be one of them.I find myself looking for words that have ancient origins..words and concepts taken from theology..words such as evil,satanic,demonic…
    the same evils which have been repeated thousands of times in all parts of the world..in asia,latin america,africa..
    nicaragua,chile,el salvador,viet nam,dominican republic..the list goes on and on ad nauseum..all over the world..
    under the name of US intervention,police actions,war on drugs,war on terror,war on communism..etc etc..
    the methods and weapons of murder,torture,rape,terror,poisoning all bought and payed for by the US taxpayer and handed over to the US military to “defend democracy” and “promote american values and the american way of life” around the world..all noble sounding words which mask the evil hubris of satanic greed,selfishness and power which are it’s sources.
    tragedy: without doubt those immigrants who if reform is passed will be required to sell their childrens souls to the devil as the price of admission,and yes the parents will consent…their kids will be targeted by miltary recruiters and government to be soldiers in the american imperialist army to be sent around the world to kill,maim,rape,slaughter other peoples of color for oil,natural resources and geopolitical bases.
    It is not beyond the realm of imagination to picture many of these same latino troops ..to be sent to mexico to aid a government in peril begging to be rescued by us military intervention..mexicans and other latinos in US uniforms killing and slaughtering mexicans in mexico..or venezuelans or..etc etc..
    it wouldn’t suprise me at all to see many of these same psycho brainwashed latino troops returning from foreign wars being used by the US government to police,kill,maim,spy on and destroy latino human,civil rights and antiwar movements..
    that’s why I use the word “tragedy”.

  2. La Macha,

    I do not know if you have seen the full version, but if not I suggest to you and your readers to watch it. It gives a better picture of the whole incident.

    In case interested, after a more or less thorough research, it appears that the line from reasonable war-time(albeit excessive) to murder was crossed when the Van pulled up.

    Also, a friend pointed out to me an interesting point: what other military in the world would videotape something like that?

  3. I read about the full incident on Democracy Now (namely that there was an additional assault on an apt building that resulted in the deaths/injuries of many civilians just shortly after the tanks came into the area)–I want to post on it –but it may take some time before I can get it up.

  4. @Chicano future tense

    you wrote:

    “all over the world..
    under the name of US intervention,police actions,war on drugs,war on terror,war on communism..etc etc..”

    This is not a “U.S.-exclusive” phenomena, it is a human one. See the Castro’s inhumane murder of Zapata Tamayo and the soon-to-be-murder of Guillermo “coco” Farinas. All in the name of “communism”.

  5. @ La Macha,

    Yeah, there was that extra attack, which is almost a separate incident, but there was also extra commentary which I believe does more to explain the incident(i.e. the initial attack was justified because the ground troops spoke via the radio, telling the copters that they found an RPG with a live round in it).

    What I got from it is that the focus should be on the Van, because even the military’s investigation acknowledged that they had no clue, still have no clue, on whether the van was connected to insurgent activity. Anyway, here’s the link to my analysis if interested: all over the world: http://bryanjohnsonblog.com/2010/04/06/death-on-tape/

    Also another update above that, as I had to keep correcting myself due to what I think was a entertainment-first agenda by Wikileaks.

  6. It wasn’t intentionally but a mistake that turned to be a sad consequence of that war. Pilots and soldiers at ground that are operating in civilian area can’t always be sure in identifying the nature of the people that act suspiciously, from their perspective, and can in rare cases misjudge the scene.
    That’s the tragedy of wars, all wars that being launch purposely by your enemy from within civilian areas.

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