seconds on this earth. One of the Iraqis moves
back to his vehicle (a farm tractor and trailer?).
Click or right-click image to download MPEG video
THIS is another of
those moving images of war -- moving in
both senses of the word. We have nothing
but praise for the US officer who ensured
that this video was clandestinely released
to the Internet.
It is more
obscene than the worst images we have been
shown of the torture of prisoners of war
in Abu Ghraib prison.
video and its sound track provide no clue
as to why these four Iraqi men were
targeted and machine-gunned to death from
a safe range by the American airmen in
their helicopter gunship, with all the
detachment of youngsters in a video
The Iraqis may have been
up to no good -- there is no clue. They
may have been, as the source
website suggests, "innocent farmers"
selected by the US airmen for some fun, or
target practice. We just don't know.
We are unlikely to be
told by the Pentagon or its spokesmen, let
alone by its smooth talking sicko
spokesman, Brigadier-General Mark
Kimmitt, in Baghdad
Whatever the facts,
images like these may well mitigate the
world's sorrow when it hears in future
that an American helicopter gunship has
been shot down by the Iraqi
Needless killing of
civilians in war is a crime. The
deliberate killing of a wounded enemy who
poses no further threat in combat is also
a crime outlawed by the laws of war.
If other videos like
this come our way, we will post them. If
the original website disappears we will
replace the out-link with the actual
No memory holes here, so
long as our website survives.
video of AC-130 gunship shooting up forty
civilians in Afghanistan
Wounded." - "HIT HIM!"
French TV screens images of
US helicopter crew killing Iraqis
PARIS, May 4 (AFP) - The French
cable television station Canal Plus on Tuesday
broadcast images, stolen in Iraq, of a US army
helicopter killing three [sic. four]
Iraqis, one of them wounded, who do not appear to
be posing any threat.
Sound-track: Acknowledgments to http://pulpnonfiction.blogspot.com
- "What range do you have?"
- "Have laser range on him"
- "Go auto range"
- "OK, got auto range on him?"
- "HIT him!"
- "Got him"
- "Second one"
- "Hit the other one"
- "Hit the truck"
- "To the right"
- "See if there is anybody moving by the
- "Wait for moving"
- "I don't see any"
- "Good, store that"
- "Auto range, store"
- "Oops -- there another guy underneath
- "Moving right there"
- "HIT him!"
- "Target 4"
- "We're taking other truck out?"
- "Wait for movement by the truck"
- "Movement right there"
- "He's wounded"
- "Hit him"
- "He's in the truck"
- "Hit the truck -- hit him"
- "Go forward of it -- hit him"
He's Wounded HIT HIM!: http://media.ebaumsworld.com/helicopterkills.mpg