US Helicopter Murders Children

Civilians flee from US murderers

Baghdad – A United States helicopter gunship fired at a crowd of Iraqis swarming round a burning US vehicle in a Baghdad street on Sunday, and witnesses and officials said 13 people were killed and 61 wounded in violence in the area.

In the rebel-held city of Ramadi, west of Baghdad, US tanks and helicopters killed 10 Iraqis, including women and children, when they opened fire on a residential district, a doctor said. A US military spokesperson did not immediately have any information on the firing.

Witnesses said a US helicopter gunship fired at a group of Iraqis, including children, who were crowding round a Bradley fighting vehicle which had been set ablaze. Television images showed the Iraqis running for cover as the firing broke out.
(Source: IOL)

The next time you see some gung-ho piece of Hollywood shit like Black Hawk Down, remember the above. The next time you play some Nazi propaganda videogame like Conflict: Vietnam, remember the above. It won’t be historically accurate unless there are missions where you have to massacre the innocent civilians of a small village:

Two tragedies took place in 1968 in Viet Nam.  One was the massacre by United States soldiers of as many as 500 unarmed civilians– old men, women, children– in My Lai on the morning of March 16.  The other was the cover-up of that massacre.
(Source: My Lai)

Perhaps you get extra bonus points for every baby you kill?

But back to the helicopter attack…

There’s been nothing on the TV news about it. I guess US helicopters murdering unarmed women and children is so commonplace now, such an everyday occurrence in Iraq that it doesn’t merit a mention.

There’s probably a sound military reason those civilians were shot to death by their liberators. Isn’t there?

“After evacuating the wounded, air support destroyed the Bradley fighting vehicle to prevent looting and harm to the Iraqi people,” the US military said in a statement.
(Source: IOL)

So… they shot those people to prevent them coming to harm?

Yep, that does make sense. It makes exactly as much sense as a phony invasion to destroy non-existent WMDs and a war criminal still being in No. 10.

The US military said that a Kiowa, a light reconnaissance and attack helicopter, fired rockets at the Bradley to destroy weapons and ammunition on board. But it is evident from the al-Arabiya video that the rockets landed among people standing or walking far away from the Bradley.
(Source: The Independent)

I expect the soldiers responsible were just a bit bored and felt like murdering a few more civilians. After all, they’re only Iraqis. What right to life do they have?

How Murderers Think

Jesus Sales, a 21-year-old who joined the army to pay for college fees, is the unit’s reserve sniper. He shot a man a few weeks earlier: ‘I didn’t feel anything weird. I just felt satisfied.’

Wilks is equally phlegmatic: ‘Sometimes I feel like I should feel guilty, but I don’t. Everyone I shot deserved it. It doesn’t bother me.’
(Source: The Observer)

Those are the words of two US Army snipers.

They feel happy that they’re shooting Iraqis dead. They feel those Iraqis deserve death for daring to stand up to an army of marauding invaders who have bombed schools, hospitals and mosques. By now, even the stupidest US military know they’re not an army of liberation. If they were liberators, they would have been welcomed by the Iraqi people instead of being shot at. They’re an occupying army fighting native resistance just as surely as the Nazis were in France.

But there’s something else. These two soldiers feel their targets deserve death. They don’t feel guilty. They’re just following orders, doing their part for their country.

Just the same as the people who flew those planes into the World Trade Centre. Human life didn’t matter to them either. What did they care about the thousands of lives they took that day? They probably thought all those innocent people deserved to die. Just the same as the snipers. Did the monsters of 9/11 feel a pang of guilt as they destroyed so many lives? Did they think of the children and families of those they murdered on their insane mission? No.

It’s not a question of right versus left, of Islam versus Christianity, of West versus East. It’s the same as it always has been.

It’s about good versus evil. Anyone who destroys human life so casually, so callously, is evil.