Originally posted on capitalisteric:
There are times in life, when it is useful to see through the eyes of someone who is not normally associated with a certain situation. New eyes bring a new perspective to the things that we would normally not see. I had such a situation last night with my wife and we’re discussing the story of the Bradley Manning, the wikileaks website, the subsequent scandal involving Julian Assange, and the current fate of Bradley Manning, as he rots away in prison. This naturally led to a 2007 youtube video, of the murder of more than a dozen innocent people by an American in Apache helicopter. My wife who is from Eastern Europe, was unfamiliar with the entire sad tale of Bradley Manning, the YouTube video, the transfer of hundreds of thousands of classified documents to wikileaks, and his inadvertent self incrimination by talking to a government snitch.
When the video footage of the Apache helicopter gunship was released by wikileaks, there was a palpable outrage by the millions of people all over the world. If you haven’t seen the video I suggest you do so. If you haven’t seen of video in quite some time I suggest you refresh yourself with the footage.
Many things came to light from that video. Not the least of the problems was the stupidity of the helicopter crew by describing a camera bag as a Kalashnikov AK-47 rifle, or thinking of camera tripod was an RPG. But what was truly shocking, was the utterly cavalier attitude of the crew, as they sliced up a dozen people, for no reason. Indeed, they were joking about it! When a minvan showed up, and two people got out to help the one guy who was still alive, they opened up on the van, too, killing the would-be rescuers, and the one survivor of the initial attack.