Today is the 10th anniversary of a U.S. Apache helicopter's notorious 2007 East Baghdad attack which needlessly killed at least a dozen people including two Reuters news agency employees. A passerby who stopped his vehicle to help the wounded was also killed and his two children were injured.
In 2007, using the Freedom of Information Act, Reuters unsuccessfully solicited the U.S. government for detailed information about the deaths of its employees as well as video footage of airstrike(s) in the area. That same year a U.S. military investigation whitewashed the incident, cleared all participants, and claimed to have no information pertaining to the children's injuries—no surprise there. If it were not for involuntary transparency there would be no U.S. transparency at all.
Nevertheless roughly three years later Wikileaks published the airstrike video Reuters was seeking. It was provided to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange by Bradley Manning, now known as Chelsea Manning, in a trove of purloined documents.
For reasons obvious to more sentient viewers, that controversial footage has come to be known as the "Collateral Murder" video. However the U.S. military maintains all conduct therein to be entirely consistent with "battlefield" Rules of Engagement.
If nothing else the video well-shows how war destroys participants on both sides—either literally or psychologically.
Don't construe comments in the 06/01/2017 entry below as pro-Trump—nothing is further from truth. Today's crass presidential reality show appeals only to those reveling in its installation—that's no one here.
Only America's Green Party espouses putting "People, Planet, and Peace before Profit". For decades both of America's dominant political parties have reflected a nation devoid of humanitarian goals, dismissive of human rights, and primarily exporting war. Change is long overdue.
This blog is temporarily suspended, for possibly as long as it takes Killary ro comprehend that her track record caused her election defeat. As of today she seems to blame "1,000" imaginary "Russian agents" and Democratic voters' complacency.
Yesterday from newsline.com.