posted on Jan, 15 2011 @ 04:02 PM
Originally posted by macmanI really love that the only response to any opposition is "well, look at this video".
The video of the engagement itself as well as the admission and observations of the kid in the OP's link prove the journalists are traveling with
armed Iraqi insurgents. Just like when any journalist covers us in operations - they take their risks to ply their trade.
I hated having journalists along not because we have anything to hide but that they are a risk to my troops - they do stupid things to try and get
"good film" and in so doing risk the lives of my Soldiers who view them as non-combatants and will try and "save" them from themselves and in so
doing expose themselves to more danger than they would normally.
Thanks for the kudos, but I am hardly a hero…
I decided that some real analysis rather than letting the “war is bad” “American’s are Evil” crowd continue to bash the brave young men
risking their lives.
Just like the kid in the OP’s link people deal with the stress of combat differently, some feel guilty – like he obviously does. Some get angry
at losing friends, some become detached and sullen etc. Some lose it altogether and take their own lives. Others; like me, have made their peace
with our actions and live quite normal lives.
War is an unpleasant enterprise and is not a trade for just anyone – having plied that trade for all my adult life I have run the gambit of those
emotions; however, making a video to assuage your personal guilt at the expense of the Nation and the Military’s credibility crosses the line in my
book of methods of coping. I do feel for him though and hope he is taking advantage of the counseling and other services available to him through