Questionable? Questionable? Since when has the shooting of wounded anybody been acceptable?
It's been a while since I got down and dirty in the weeds, but who was the bloke giving the order to take him out and who was the guy with his finger on the trigger?
In my day, you had to satisfy yourself that the target still constituted a continuing threat. Since I didn't see him with a SAM pointed at the heli, I can't see much of a threat anywhere.
That's what it sounded like to me too...
But you don't have to fire if you think it's not right. OK orders are orders, or should that be befehl ist befehl - it comes down to the integrity of the individual with his finger on the trigger.
At the beginning of the clip the Apache fires a 1 sec burst of 30mm - but seem out of range. They then go to Auto Range
The next burst slots the guy as he walks - yes walks - from the tractor back towards the truck - at about half way through this saunter he is mincemeat. He does not seem to be taking any form of evasive action or looking for cover.
Obviously this did not occur in down town Baghdad - so presumably wherever they were it was relatively quiet.
How did the blokes on the ground A) Not hear the helicopter and B) not hear the first burst aimed in their direction.
Apart from they were either deaf or stupid (or both) can some bright spark enlighten ?
The video section is not for the faint hearted but does show in GRAPHIC detail the destructive power of modern weapon systems- MANPADS etc as well as the capabilities of IED's as used by the Mujahideen.
It also shows GRAPHIC footage of Israli operations.
I suggest some of it could be used as a very informative and realistic training aid - (nothing like seeing a 12 tonne APC jumping 6 feet into the air)aid to for Training packages for pre-deployment to any conflict.
And how come the guy on the left seems to be carrying on doing whatever he is doing AFTER his mucker has just been turned to roadkill? He doesn't even seem to break stride! Don't the Iraqis teach Reaction to Effective Enemy Fire?
Gunner did pause and say the last man was wounded, but that 'Hit it' from the commander or whoever was quite emphatic. Fog of war and all that I understand but that was quite blatantly an execution of a wounded soldier. I sincerely hope (but doubt!) that the person that gave the order had his knuckles well and truly rapped.
Fog of war and all that I understand but that was quite blatantly an execution of a wounded soldier. I sincerely hope (but doubt!) that the person that gave the order had his knuckles well and truly rapped.