I was in the Blackhawk mentioned in the above story,
which is mostly accurate. I, along with six others, were on a mission last night heading into Mosul. An Apache was flying next to us. Some say that the Apache took evasive action after being targeted by an RPG. Unfortunately, in doing so, it collided w/ our helicopter and tore off our rotors completely. The Blackhawk then fell to the ground. Good thing was that we were pretty low to the ground when the collision occurred. Otherwise, there's no way I'm here right now.
So begins a letter home from my brother, a grueling first-hand narrative from the front, so-to-speak. I have been putting his photos and letters home online
for family and friends and thought some of you might appreciate reading what it's like to be over there.
posted by Qubit
on Dec 10, 2004 -
Somalis cheer at bootleg "Blackhawk down" screening
Somali citizens paid the equivalent of US $.10 to see a bootleg copy of the movie in a playground in downtown Mogadishu on Monday. The audience cheered at scenes where American troops were killed and American choppers were shot down. Somalia may be the next target in the 'War on Terrorism'.
"As you can see, Somalis are brave fighters," one man said. "If the Americans come back to fight us, we shall defeat them again."
posted by SpecialK
on Jan 22, 2002 -
"Leave no man behind"
is the tagline for the new Scott
battlepic, Blackhawk Down
In October of 1993, US Rangers and Delta Force personnel stationed outside of Mogadishu, Somalia, launched what should've been a 30 minute grab-and-go mission to capture higher-ups under the command of Mohammed Aidid
, a Somali warlord. Before it was all over, many hours later, 19 US servicemen and 1000+ Somalis were dead.
PBS has a decent writeup
on the Bakara Market ambush, but I still feel like I am missing something. Some sources
share the movie's claim that the US was there to support humanitarian relief efforts, that Aidid was preventing the distribution of food. Others
say we were there to protect American oil interests.
So what really happened on that day in October 1993? The movie opens on Friday, I saw it last night, and I am still exhausted. Admittedly, this film is far better than Pearl Harbor
(no contrived love-triangles are used as a framing device here), but for all the simulated shooting and on-screen heroism, it still seems hard to make out the truth through all of the Hollywood dust. So I guess I am wondering, can we prevent Hollywood's versions of history from replacing the truth (or even the truth-as-we-knew-it)? Should we even try? Is it even possible?
posted by grabbingsand
on Jan 16, 2002 -
Father's day is almost here, and I KNOW that I deserve a great gift for being such a good Dad!
Not buying it, are you? Neither are my kids, which is probably why I won't be getting one of these
. Any other fathers out there with a wish list?
posted by Sal Amander
on Jun 13, 2001 -