It’s been interesting to watch the discussions on the WikiLeaks video over the last few days, which had been billed as a coverup of something massive. The leaked video is from a US helicopter gunship shooting into a courtyard, after mistakenly identifying cameras as weapons, and killing up to 11 people including 2 Reuters journalists.
Here are some discussions on the subject:
- Leaked video shows US military forces shooting Reuters journalists, civilians on the Vancouver Sun
- Saw the video Wikileaks posted; here’s a measured interpretation from someone who’s been over there, and also here on Reddit.
Putting aside any discussion on whether the war was right or legal (since it has no real relation to interpreting this video), this video hardly seems outrageous. We know there have been hundreds of thousands killed in Iraq (haven’t looked lately at the estimates). I don’t see why one case where a person could semi-reasonably guess they’re seeing a person pointing weapons at them (at first glance) should be considered ground-breaking.
Isn’t it even more outrageous when a plane, or cruise missile, bombs an apartment building, which we have plenty of footage of?
The video is important, however, in providing supporting evidence against the war in general.