Aubrey Soper thinks it is right and proper for helicopter gunships to beat up on Iraqi farmers, Wednesday, October 27, 2004
All Iraqis are fair game
I COMMENT on the analysis of the footage of the farm tractor and trucks being shot up in Iraq at night.
We've learned in Iraq that unarmed civilians walking or driving along peacefully are indistinguishable from explosives-carrying, detonator-equipped human weapons systems that our troops on site cannot afford to gamble their lives on, even though these threats that are outside of our TV-viewing experience. In that locale they also plant explosives along roads to kill occupiers as they drive along, and it would be fairly reasonable, I believe, to refrain from performing this task in broad daylight..
Where you happen to see large and small trucks and a trailer drawn by a farm tractor, I see vehicles that could be used to transport weapons and explosives by the enemy. All of them have their headlights off which fits with clandestine machinations, and they're not taking cover upon the approach of a noisy aircraft which they know would be armed and not arriving to offer roadside assistance.
A typical Iraqi, just like a common footpad, would rely on simple nocturnal darkness to conceal his furtive activities, unaware that IR-equipped gunships could see him and the toasty vehicles just fine, which would explain why these people are not diving for cover.
Disabling the vehicles would leave their operators available to carry off, say, twenty kilos of cargo apiece, which no trained soldier would assume to be agricultural anything, so killing the men with heavy machine gun or light canon fire is militarily defensible, probably prudent, and reasonably efficient.
People in Iraq have cameras, so if they didn't photograph the scene when the sun came up and complain about our slaughtering civilians, I'm not interested in worst case speculation. Now that Iraq's noble knights taken to beheading civilians, I couldn't care less.
DAVID IRVING writes: