posted on Apr, 5 2010 @ 12:47 PM
- Sitting in the comfort of my living room watching this on a 19-inch monitor I could not tell there were children in the van. I'm very certain a
pilot with sweat dripping into his eyes, in confined quarters, watching on an 8-inch monitor would not have been able to tell there were children in
- Sitting in the comfort of my living room watching this on a 19-inch monitor I COULD tell the the cameraman had a camera and not an AK ... because
wikileaks captions popped up on the screen to direct my attention to that specific piece of the action and - going into the video - I already had a
nascent idea of what to watch. Had I been having to monitor every corner of that video screen without the help of little pop-up captions
materializing, with people talking in my headset, with the stress of knowing the lives of ground troops were depending on my correct identification
abilities I'm not so sure I would have been able to take the gamble it wasn't an AK.
- As far as the third issue - that is, the soldiers reactions, that is a non-issue, in my mind. We can express outrage, etc., but I'm not ready to
judicially condemn someone because they didn't display the correct emotions way after killing other human beings.
The video disgusted me but I suspect any close-up video of virtually any combat action in any war involving any nations would have disgusted me.
Humans do not die easily. Combat actions involve applying large amounts of physical pressure on a human being until the human being is no longer
living. This, presumably, is rarely accomplished in a neat or pleasant fashion.