Thursday, July 23, 2009

Battlefield abuse

Are we listening to ourselves?

Photos taken of violence on the battlefield are a disgrace to our troops? Perhaps it's better that I am not a soldier today.

Consider this. You have lost friends due to an enemy that have only one motive: kill you and anybody with you. After all, what's war about if it's not to kill people and destroy things?

So, you are on the front lines and your battalion is engaged in house-to-house combat, clearing the area of combatants. You kick in a door to make sure it's cleared and you and your brother rush into a hail of bullets. A bullet strikes your brother in the neck and you could hear him go down with the most god-awful noise. The last two of the combatants in the room throw down their weapons and raise their arms. While you franticly tend to your dying brother, the other soldiers descend on the remaining enemy.

What happens next is captured on camera. I mean, not what happened to you and your brother, but to the soldiers and the remaining combatants. We have since learned it would be those images that become shameful battlefield abuse. It would be the information extracted on-site from those surviving combatants that sent our troops in the right direction to complete their mission, preventing another's brother from going down in a pool of blood.

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