posted on Jun, 8 2010 @ 03:06 AM
This is the first time I have scene this video.
Being prior USMC and being deployed to Iraq I know a lot about the mentality of "pay pack" and motivation to kill the enemy. That gets instilled in
boot-camp and never really leaves. On the officer side (the one's qualified to fly the helicopters) It is somewhat a less brainwashed approach, but
the emphasis is the same - pay back.
Now the video displays what appears to be a "detached" individual out for blood. These guys seem to have no emotional connection for sympathy for
the enemy - and that is something that is extremely common. If you were trained to instinctively care for the enemy, you would hesitate to kill them,
and jeopardize being killed. "you hesitate you die" or "you hesitate, other people die". Its a mentality that all military branches teach for
At the same time, all military branches teach some form of critical thinking to avoid mistakes from killing innocent people and friendlies.
I sympathize for both the pilots and the journalists. Many people think the pilots have a cold blooded approach to their job, but that would go with
the detachment from emotions to all assumed enemies.
I seriously do not think any pilot would have engaged if they saw "confirmed" children playing in the streets. It is frustrating to watch because
any video of war I watch has to be out of context in some sense. People just assume the pilots are crusin around lookin for bad guys - and in some
sense that is correct - but specifically where, comes from intelligence. Intel that supports the fact there will be hostile forces in a certain area,
that may or may not influence a position on coalition forces. No one just cruises around without prior intel and orders of instruction to what they
should or should not expect.
The pilots were already looking for something in this area, and the observation of the Ak 47's and RPG's follows the rules of hostile intent and
under the rules of engagement that is all you need.
The only thing I condemn is what the pilot said about the innocent child being killed, It that is really the full effect of detachment. many people in
here can't imagine the adrenaline rush of "pay back" and whether or not you agree with it, there is an emotionless override to protect their
actions and separates these guys from normal reality. If some people heard an everyday enlisted conversation in the marines you would probably think
they belonged in an insane asylum. Because a lot of it is disconnected from everyday reality, at the same time, marines are human like the rest of the
branches, and its really all a matter of perspective to those who have been trained in that mind set.
Overall it is very unfortunate what happened, and there needs to more advanced technology in detecting what is hostile and what is friendly. The
entire war is full of cloudy propaganda and misconstrued intentions, it confuses me most of the time.
If you people think there is absolutely no explanation for what these guys did, then you completely look past many conceptions of training and effects
of combat that disconnect you from being sympathetic from taking another mans life. At least talk to some of the people that have been in combat and
listen to how they describe their motivation to engage the enemy, so that you can see how war could become personal and vindictive. Maybe it isn't an
excuse, but it is an explanation. And i'm sympathetic to the people who have to live with that guilt as well as those have PTSD and can't think like
an everyday civilian because of "training".