April 6, 2010

Collateral Murder

Atrocities committed by the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan have been commonplace, though the American public remains largely unaware. One only need call to mind the massacre at Fallujah; the torture at Abu Ghraib that only became public knowledge by luck of circumstance, or the innocent victims of torture and abuse at Gitmo. Too many Americans allow themselves to be themselves to be misled into thinking such inhumane acts are merely isolated incidents. But the reality is very different. 

Now, one of the countless atrocities committed by U.S. soldiers is revealed in a shocking video. The video (linked below) posted by WikiLeaks reveals the apparent cold-blooded attitude of U.S. military personnel as they murder innocent civilians in Iraq...
WikiLeaks has released a classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad -- including two Reuters news staff. Reuters has been trying to obtain the video through the Freedom of Information Act, without success since the time of the attack. The video, shot from an Apache helicopter gun-site, clearly shows the unprovoked slaying of a wounded Reuters employee and his rescuers. Two young children involved in the rescue were also seriously wounded.
Watch Collateral Murder at WikiLeaks.com; also at CollateralMurder.com, short and long versions.

Exclusives - Julian Assange Unedited Interview
Julian Assange, WikiLeaks editor, defends the decision to expose the Apache helicopter attack on WikiLeaks; ColbertNation (11:40).

On ‘Collateral Murder’ and Stephen Colbert
by David R. Henderson; AntiWar.com

1 comment:

  1. Thomas,
    I'm actually writing because I came across your excellent posts regarding the Iraq War on the Catholic Answers blog, and I followed the link here from your profile.
    Basically, I've become a bit discouraged, because it seems like very few American Catholics are willing to look at this issue with Catholic eyes. And no matter how much I beg them to demonstrate for me, using Catholic moral principles, how the Iraq War meets Just War criteria, they always resort to more visceral lines of argument. Like you, I have yet to see a defense of the war using Thomistic criteria.
    Anyway, I just wanted to thank you and let you know that you have an ally in me. Because we seem to be few and far between, I think those of us American Catholics who believe in serving the City of God above the City of Man ought to stick together.

    Pax Christi,
    Rob Martin


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