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Old 09-20-2010, 08:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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CNN reporter: Network censored footage of Iraq ‘war crime’ | Raw Story

brings out the best in people don't you think?
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I imagine that kind of stuff happens far more frequently than we would like to think.

And anyone who thinks networks will actually allow war correspondents to report the whole truth is only kidding himself.
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I'm not surprised about the censorship, but this really isn't a war-crime. This was a young man of middle eastern descent approaching a house full of armed men with a weapon in a village under Al-qaeda control during one of the worst months for US troop casualties in that whole godforsaken clusterfuck.

If it quacks like a duck aiming to kill you, it's duck season. We'll never know if the kid had it in for the troops or not, because he didn't get the chance. God knows Al-qaeda recruits 'em young.

As for 'easing his passing', remember what happened when the last footage of a soldier 'easing the passing' of a militant got its way into Al-jazeera's hands. They're about as fair and balanced as Fox.

At the best, the action saved the lives of soldiers. At the worst, this earns the kid a Darwin award. We'll never know.

Note we haven't actually been told his age, but he's referred to as a 'man' in the story as well.
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Why not just shoot him in the legs?

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no I don't think it sounds like a war crime either, but that's not what my comment was about. it's about the way it ruins a person (the ones that live through it).
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Why not just shoot him in the legs?
Because the nerve that controls his trigger finger doesn't run through his leg.
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There's something wrong with this story, and I don't mean it's validation.

First, if you're in a war-zone with a gun, you're not US troops and you're not UN, bye. No remorse for the kid here.

A gun isn't going to buy that teenager any protection against either US or Al-queda, and I see absolutely no reason not to shoot-to-kill if someone with a gun is approaching a house with your allies inside. My question is, why not take another shot and end the persons suffering? Dying and moaning for 20 minutes, people with guns and knifes all around. If you're shot in the head, chances are you're not going to be telling where any other terrorists are, you're not going to be any help to intelligence information.

I do wonder if there's something more to this story than the reporter is telling, if this is really a war-crime (which is a crock of shit), why didn't it come out until now? War crimes are big news, not something you wait 3 years to publish/talk about, especially with children involved. Lastly, for those of you who mentioned soldiers dying in Iraq after they signed up for it, here's another case of a person who didn't have to go, didn't have to put himself in danger, but he did and now he's suffering for it. What the fuck did he expect to see over there, unicorns and roses?
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read this for more insight into war correspondents.
Amazon.com: War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning (9781400034635): Chris Hedges: Books

They got in trouble before for putting a guy out of his misery. so now they just have to wait.
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Because the nerve that controls his trigger finger doesn't run through his leg.
Fair enough. Just speculating pain would disarm the kid
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