posted on Nov, 5 2004 @ 03:24 AM
But in those circumstances with smoke and fire and sand.....Its bloody hard even from the ground... these guys have to make snap calls because
they know if they dont the people they are supporting might die.
Sorry, Ca, usually I like your posts, but not this time.
Read Geoffrey Robertson's book "The Justice Game".
There was no smoke, sandstorm etc.
The mission briefing had clearly given the target co-ordinates and there was a specific "no free-fire zone" order in place.
The US pilot came on the net and gave the co-ordinates of some "target -of-opportunity" T-series tanks he had just hit, miles away from his only
target for the day.
The RAF forward controller for that piece of sky immediately screamed at him to cease fire because he knew that those were the co-ordinates of a
squadron of Royal Fusiliers (I believe) whose presence on the ground had been covered in the pre-op briefing.
This wasn't a "fog-of-war" mistake, it was negligence by trigger-happy pilots. To top it all off the US protected them from the coroner's inquest
in the UK. It wasn't until a cable-car full of Italians went down that a pilot was made to pay for personal negligence.