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Forget Wii’s Call of Duty, Wikileaks Offers A More Realistic Representation of War

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You may have heard of the classified video leaked earlier this week by Wikileaks that shows a US air crew in Baghdad on July 12th  2007 repeatedly opening fire on a group of men including Reuters photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen, 22,  his driver Saeed Chmagh, 40, and on a van that stopped to rescue a then wounded Saeed Chmagh.

You may have heard, but if you haven’t seen the video yourself, I would encourage you to watch.

And why would I do such a thing?  US policy calls for major censorship of images of warfare, and the result is a population that lives far removed from the realities of  pain and death.

If you read more about the story altogether, you will encounter what appear to be blatant false claims made by the US military, and more painful information including the surviving wounded children in the van. Really, though, if you choose to not read more, choose to skip over the background info given in the first 2 minutes of the video, and just watch the actual footage taken from the Apache helicopter and listen to the words of those behind the guns, you will be doing yourself a great service.

Familiarize yourself with war and death. Sure, you could play Call of Duty, I suppose, but watching actual men run for their lives, crawling to safety, only to be shot again and again, hearing the words of those doing the shooting and imagining what the experience must have been like for them, will hopefully leave you with a more accurate picture of war than any video game.

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates on Tuesday has attacked wikileaks for releasing the video, stating, “”That is the problem with these videos,” Gates said. “You are looking at the war through a soda straw and you have no context or perspective.”

I would agree. It is a serious problem. Perhaps we do lack the correct context or perspective for the wars our country is currently involved in around the globe.

More on Robert Gates Response: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/wire/sc-dc-gates-video14-20100413,0,4550653.story

More on Wikileaks release: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/05/wikileaks-exposes-video-o_n_525569.html

More on Video Game Comparison: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/libertycentral/2010/apr/07/wikileaks-collateral-murder-iraq-video

More on US Military response and history of censorship: http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1978017,00.html

More on the Lack of Context: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/2010/04/07/2010-04-07_military_brutal_wikileaks_video_of_shooting_death_of_reuters_journalist_in_iraq_.html

Written by annnee

April 13, 2010 at 6:21 pm

Focusing on Veterans: 18 Suicides a Day

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Last November when CBS reported an epidemic of 6,200 veteran suicides in 2005, Dr. Ira Katz, head of mental health for the VA, attacked the report, and insisted in a CBS interview, “there is no epidemic of suicide. The figures provided to the network by the VA and Katz showed 790 attempted suicides in 2007.

Ahh. Email trails. Two days after Katz gave CBS the low figure, he sent an email titled “Shhh — not for the CBS News Interview Request”. In it he wrote that “our suicide prevention coordinators are identifying about 1,000 attempts per month among veterans we see in our medical facilities.” As high as this number is, it does not include reports about suicide and suicide attempts among soldiers still on active duty.

Tony Rutherford’s article

Bob Dart’s

Press Release after this blew up from House Committee on Veterans Affairs

Written by annnee

November 11, 2008 at 6:39 pm

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