Friday, April 9, 2010
Collateral Damage - It's Real
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. For further information please visit the special project website www.collateralmurder.com
Rummaging through our words-chest we come across phrases we hear in the news such as "wanton killing", "gross negligence", "disposable lives", and a variety of others which would fit in this comment about a war we know either very much or very little about.
Very much because we hear daily reminders of the situation in war-torn Iraq and how people there are living their lives in a constant state of stress without hope for the future. They may very well be hopeful for a better future...However, a future is always a future. It is not a present.
Very little because we ignore the various vested interests bent on bringing death and destruction in the name of some ideology, and we may be part and parcel of such, as we live in the West and we derive substantial profit from constant belligerence.
Videos like these only serve to shake us out of our reverie to make us wake up and smell the coffee. It ain't good. It is sugarless.
Now, the job of bringing the news to the world is fraught with danger evidently. We, arm-chair journalists, have no notion of the battlegrounds and feel we can dish out criticism about things we have not, as yet, experienced. It's like those pundits on TV paid to bloviate about the status quo from a pre-edited script.
Meanwhile, we go on raving about the latest video released by duos, or singles, and who are very much part of the whole manipulative and hypnotic scenario custom-made to keep us glued to our seats.
Heavens help us.