Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Friendly Fire Video between US A-10s and British Tanks, and the Death of Lance Cpl Matt Hull
There's nothing one can say to truly justify this, no matter how accurate it may be. The 'Fog of War' is a terrible thing that has unnecessarily killed far too many people since the beginning of time, and this is no different.
My concern today is with the leaking of the video to the press. Classified means Classified, no matter what the information is. When I first heard of the leaked video I thought that someone was going to fry for letting this out. Who in their right mind would break their oath and hand this to a reporter?
After reading further into the story, it's clear that nobody in the US Air Force released this to the press. Instead, it was most likely someone on the British side who took part in the investigation and got fed up with the Pentagon's refusal to make the tape public. I doubt anyone can be prosecuted for releasing it since they're British, and I know our nations are too close to try and place limits on our information sharing after this. There are bigger things to deal with in the world right now.
Of course those who are against the war will replay the video over and over again, using this tragedy as an excuse for the Brits to withdrawal from this evil Bush war. Ignoring the obvious pain they'll inflict on an already devastated Hull family, this video will now be placed in the grand library of anti-war socialist propaganda, to be used and abuse for years to come.
And as always, the real tragedy that day will be forever lost in the fog of anti-war ignorance.
Lance Cpl Matty Hull, you will never be forgotten, and our Air Force is doing everything in its power to make sure this never happens again.
posted by El Capitan at 8:39 AM