Thu, 29 Jan 2004 15:37:49 GMT

Disturbing image from Iraq.

I just received this by email from a friend.


Attached is actual night-vision footage shot from a U.S. Apache attack helicopter engaging Iraqis, whom allegedly were attempting to launch a Stinger missile at the Apache. The Apache responds with approximately one-hundred rounds of 30mm cannon fire, which is, ironically, the least powerful weapons system onboard the helicopter. The footage has been “dumbed down” to VHS resolution before conversion to MPEG, since the actual night-vision system on the Apache provides a much sharper and more detailed image.

4.65 MB mpeg movie

I realize that the targets were probably a threat to the helicopter and the actions within the rules of engagement, but it is disturbing none the less.

[Joi Ito's Web]


I'm not really sure about this movie, movies can be edited. however, as a bit of anti-war propoganda it is pretty darn good at demonstrating overkill, if it actually happened like this. apparently there is a variety of versions of this video floating around. i think that if soldiers are attacked they should respond in kind, with overwhelming force if possible, but this video shows they are possibly firing on a wounded man, if the voice over isn't edited, and that is problematic, if it is true…. which it might not be, but also might be.