JohninMK wrote:Welcome to the thread. If that sickens you perhaps you have strayed into the wrong place.
Hey guys, I am no stranger to death or what happens during military actions. I've got no problem watching videos of troops getting shot during a firefight, the carnage of a FOAB, or even those Yemeni IED ambushes (a nice piece of fieldcraft). I'm not even against releasing what is little more than a shooting fish in a barrel movie.
What sickens me is setting it to techno music as if that makes it somehow 'cooler' and the crew deliberately splattering the guts of a clearly injured and non-retaliating combatant with an entire volley of rockets. It was a head hunt.
The sheer profligate waste of ammo aside, it doesn't even make strategic sense... which should be to destroy the tents and materiel they contain so the unit is rendered combat ineffective, leave WIA combatants to be a long-term medical burden, and ensure enough survivors to spread the loss of morale.
We don't know where the action took place or when or who the combatants were so it is difficult to pass judgement as to what degree the targets deserved what happened to them.
Fair enough. If these guys had just butchered a school or gang raped every man, woman and child in a nearby village then so be it. But if they were just soldiers, albeit religious fanatics, then they still deserve to be treated under the rules of war. Not every member of Al Nusra or ISIS is a heart eating, beheader of civilians.
Again, I have no problem with them being bombed. I do think it crosses the line to unnecessarily fire off a volley of Hydra 70 rockets on a wounded combatant unable to fight back. Do you think that will cow the enemy when they see the footage, or increase the anger and outrage of Islamic fundamentalists?
If it was ISIS and other terrorist groups, then perhaps they should have considered the phrase 'do unto others what one would have done to oneself' before they started down the path they took, slaughtering ('helpless' as you might put it) prisoners and civilians.
If history has taught us anything, it is that its always dangerous to descend to the level of the enemy.
You may think I'm raising a straw man, but that video showed clear signs of the slip towards inhumanity. From there its just a small step towards flattening entire city blocks come what may. Are we not seeing exactly that with Ukrainian shelling of Donbass? The Israeli levelling swathes of the Gaza strip two years ago? The shooting of restrained/wounded prisoners by Israeli soldiers (or US cops)? Even the shooting of helpless parachuting Russian airmen by Turkmen?
If nobody stands up for the Geneva Conventions, then we're all in for a very rough time when instability comes home to roost. If the US won't do it, I sure as hell hope the Russians will.