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Thursday, April 08, 2010

The horror of war






Pity the victims and their families. But also consider how brutalized are the soldiers who participate in this. The arriving ground troops look like an army of insects or small robots.

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... Upon hearing that one of the victims is a young girl, the pilots laugh, “Well, it’s their fault for bringing their kids to a battle”. Wrong.

The pilots fail to mention these two men walking into the building, nor do they mention another unarmed man (34:40) walking directly in front of the building as they shoot a Hellfire missile. Again, read FM 3-24 (Counterinsurgency Manual), Appendix F. Another obvious Counterinsurgency failure.

1 comment:

David said...

I don't believe that there *is* an Appendix F to either FM 3-24.2. Maybe it is supersecret classified.

It looked pretty textbook until they started launching hellfires into the building.

Upon hearing that one of the victims is a young girl, the pilots laugh, “Well, it’s their fault for bringing their kids to a battle”. Wrong.

That line kills the Collateral Murder credibility. The pilot says, "Ah. Damn." as regretfully as someone who kills people for a living can, and then rationalizes it to externalize the guilt.

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