Call me simple but I believe profit trumps idealogy everytime.
I'm pretty distraught that Ghost Jobs didnt get in....
so Ghost-Jobs as Paul mentioned, but with a capital J. Double whammy.
Zizek ( !!! ) had something to say about that
Zizek owns, eternally.
I usually just treat them with respect as I would any other person and tell them I am not interested.
Did I do the abusing evangelicals story right?
I'm quite uncomfortable about the position (seemingly) being taken that we are there, or should stay in Afghanistan, to protect Afghani woman. By all means this is a worthy thing, however, lets be real about the motives for being there. The coalition went in to fuck shit up.
New Zealand went in as part of our commitments to the UN and to the US. We are on the one hand sending in the SAS to kill and on the other sending in reconstruction teams to heal. It's hypocritical ( and completely immora l) and it makes anything improvement of the plight of the oppressed in Afghanistan a mere side affect of being there, looking to fuck shit up.
Slippery slope argument has been invoked. Goodbye thread...
I also forgot to note that Wikileaks has 10 further videos for release showing civilian casualties from airstrikes.
Simon, there may well have been hundreds of suspect incidents, where the US military's ROE were either bent or broken and deaths resulted, but that is out of how many missions? Probably an average of hundreds of missions per day over 7 years and longer in Afghanistan, a hell of a lot of missions. Several hundred suspect incidents is a bloody small % and proof that the US military as a whole has been very disciplined in the sandbox, as much as that might be difficult for far too many to accept.
You might as well just say that you wont change your preconceived notions in the face of evidence given by Simon and myself. If we post a thousand instances, you'll move the goal posts to hundreds of thousands before you see that it is a military wide disregard for Iraqi lives.
As far as whether or not they had enough justification to engage, having AK 47s is more than enough justification. Firedoglake again:
Regardless, no one is allowed to be armed except for Iraqi police and Coalition forces. There is no such thing as an armed Iraqi escort for journalists. My only guess is he underestimated how quickly and deadly the situation can become if he were to hang around with armed insurgents
Again, there is no independent verification of the group possessing arms. I can see in the relatively low quality video what could be either a tripod or a camera. I would reference the higher quality video the military has but uh oh
War is horrible, no doubt about it, but Iraqi's has a shot at a future now. It didn't when Hussein was there. How many people would Hussein's regime have killed since 2003 if he was still in power? If he continued his average, probably tens of thousands at least as well as continuing to brutalize the entire population. And we would have Iran and Iraq both with nutcases in charge both racing to go nuclear. Nice. Leaving Hussein in place had a lot of drawbacks that never seem to get considered in discussions like these. It was hardly a picture perfect situation that 'ole Dubyah went over and stuffed up. It was already a mess.
That's pretty disingenuous double speak. You need to kill Iraqi's to give them a future?
Let's not also forget that the stated purpose of the invasion was never about helping the Iraqi people, it was about going after the fictional MWD's and also the oft repeated lie that it was about payback for 9/11.
What did one of the crew say when he heard there were children in the van? "Their fault for bringing kids to a battle"?
Yup, that was the reaction to finding out children were in the van that they wasted.
Further on in the video ( the full length version ) they send a Hellfire down to a house. There is an innocent pedestrian walking by it who gets killed in the explosion.