As i have already pointed out, it is nobodies fault other than that of the men. My problem lies with the fact that the journalists where unarmed but killed anyway.
Not once in my time working on the field did i ever come across tech that could scan and distinguish between a civilian and a terrorist, sorry, and i worked with some pretty complex gadgets.
In an area of Baghdad that is highly volatile and warped with violence, armed men carrying Kalashnikov's and RPG's are deemed a threat and a possible target. Shooting them was an appropriate response in a perimeter where US military personnel where present.
In a society where carrying guns are forbidden, it certainly raises an eyebrow and gives rise to labeling those who openly carry heavy warfare weaponary in areas where the Taliban frequently raid and do the same.
Infact what concerned me the most was this; what was that man doing with a missile launcher for goodness sakes? An RPG? Come on.
Both sides made fatal mistakes.If I were in their boots, I would have waited to see what the group did before shooting them up. Innocent civilians... wiped off the face of the earth... and no one should be to blame?
I can understand the need for a firearm but an AK47 and an RPG? Sorry, thats just pushing it.
Also, looking at it from the angle of an Apache, i too would have deemed it highly suspicious and would have engaged. It is a shame those who gave the thumbs up didn't investigate it further, but in Iraq you do not take your chances, and i cannot say i blame those involved in the incident.
The US military lied about the incident and that was also another mistake.
Last edited by MetalGear; 04-06-10 at 02:11 PM.
You were kidding, right?
There is no such thing as a “Natural Born Dual-Citizen“.
Originally Posted by PogueMoran
I didnt have to read the article to tell you that you cant read.
Nothing like debating actions that happened in 2007 - we've redefined our approaches and methods since then and apparently some people haven't noticed.
Of course, it's impossible to notice when you're not actually involved and on the ground or in the air calling the commands and requesting clearance to fire.
Yep! Nothing like every action of every military personal being questioned and criticised by the Net Watchers from the safety of their internet and home and without any reprocussions who also don't have the balls to actually join any force and fight for any cause - their only weapon is to debate these things with the greatest netrage fervor they can muster.
Seems to me that if all the 'God NO!' debaters on this issue want to change things even more then perhaps they should join the military and work their way to the top of command, thus enabling them the power to change all that they don't agree with.
Ah, but that's not going to happen, now is it. Because that would require getting involved and giving a ****, putting yourself in danger's way and maning up (or womaning up).
Which, apparently, is far outside the box of the Net Watcher's safey zone; far be it from us to encourage them to become active rather than passive on all these issues.
A screaming comes across the sky.
It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.Pynchon - Gravity's Rainbow