Friday, September 24, 2004
This video records a war crime: The Geneva Convention 3-1: 1. Persons taking no active part in the hostilities, including members of armed forces who have laid down their arms and those placed hors de combat by sickness, wounds, detention, or any other cause, shall in all circumstances be treated humanely, without any adverse distinction founded on race, colour, religion or faith, sex, birth or wealth, or any other similar criteria.
- The AH-64 Apache helicopter is regarded as a “flying tank,” and is designed to engage armored vehicles.
- It is equipped with, among other armaments, a 30mm rapid-fire chain gun.
- 30 millimeters is about the width of two fingers.
- These explosives can be of either explosive or depleted uranium design.
- Depleted uranium is very hard and is used for armor-piercing munitions.
- It is as radioactive as uranium ore, and has a half-life of 4.5 billion years.
Massacre of Civilians in Fallujah -- "Aw dude!"
Stan Goff comments: "The “tell” is in the audio. When the pilot asks permission to fire, he reports a large number of people… not armed people. People. And permission is granted instantly. This is an indication that the mission guidance is to shoot anyone who is in the street. This is a clear war crime, and one that begins with the commander’s stated intent in the operations order. The pilot’s exclamation of satisfaction, “Aw dude!” at the end just underlines how this casual sadism comes to dominate the psyches of those who are part of a military occupation force, and how the ground reality become “race war.”"
The video can be seen here.