Collateral Murder 10 Years On
April 5, 2020 10:48 AM   Subscribe

A short documentary (8 m) about US war crimes in Iraq, as revealed by WikiLeaks. "Today April 05, 2020 marks the 10th anniversary of the publication infamous WikiLeaks publication Collateral Murder video. The video shows how two Apache helicopters murdered 11 Iraqi people including two Rueters journalists."
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Relatedly, there is currently an open fundraiser for Chelsea Manning's living expenses.
posted by ITheCosmos at 11:22 AM on April 5 [4 favorites]


Still horrifying. I don't know if the US will ever be able to wash the oceans of innocent blood from its hands.

Perhaps most disturbing is the casual attitude of the soldiers, and knowing that this is just one of no doubt countless similar atrocities.
posted by Saxon Kane at 11:36 AM on April 5 [6 favorites]


Hell of a journey for Wikileaks though
posted by Query at 11:43 AM on April 5 [7 favorites]


I thought wikileaks might be a force for good - for a minute.
posted by j_curiouser at 12:09 PM on April 5 [2 favorites]


Given the continued persecution of Wikileaks and Assange by the governments of the U.S., U.K., and others, they're definitely still a force for good.
posted by Cezar Golescu at 1:44 PM on April 5 [1 favorite]


Chelsea Manning a huge hero. And her life in the years since has been pure hell, no privacy, no peace, no justice, just harassment after harassment from the US, resulting in multiple suicide attempts. She is hugely courageous, she is paying the price exacted by our government for telling the truth.

The whole thing was sickening. These murders just showed another facet of our attack on a country that had done us no harm, the biggest bully on the planet kicking hell out of a people. Abu Ghraib yet another facet, another face which the US showed the world.

We've been showing the world who we really are since Vietnam. The way we parade around, proclaiming ourselves the worlds policeman, it's just laughable, though not the kind of laugh that brings any happiness. If there really is such a thing as karma, if what goes around truly does come around, we are in for a real heavy hand.
posted by dancestoblue at 1:46 PM on April 5 [14 favorites]


they're definitely still a force for good.

Yeah, but their rep kinda took a slight hit with that whole “making sure Donald Trump became President of the United States” thing.
posted by sideshow at 2:59 PM on April 5 [8 favorites]


We on the outside long for America's waning.

With Russia and China we never expect good things, and they never proclaim all the good things they are doing. We know where we sit with these two.
posted by unearthed at 3:01 PM on April 5 [1 favorite]


We know where we sit with these two.

To be fair, now you know where you sit with the U.S. too. Just because we were able to soothe some people's apprehensions in the past, doesn't mean we wished you any better (to the extent that it detracted from our oligarchs' profits).
posted by spacewrench at 6:45 PM on April 5 [2 favorites]


We've been showing the world who we really are since Vietnam. The way we parade around, proclaiming ourselves the worlds policeman, it's just laughable, though not the kind of laugh that brings any happiness. If there really is such a thing as karma, if what goes around truly does come around, we are in for a real heavy hand.

America is the world's policeman, except it's the kind of policeman that people of color rightfully protest against for their colossal ineptitude and genocidal cruelty. So the analogy works.
posted by Ouverture at 7:01 PM on April 5 [4 favorites]



With Russia and China we never expect good things, and they never proclaim all the good things they are doing. We know where we sit with these two.


finally rid of the american hegemon and their relentless warmaking and human rights violations!

so. excited. for. a multipolar world with such. paragons. of virtue /s
posted by lalochezia at 7:58 PM on April 5 [3 favorites]


I''ve been a silent participant on this site for 10 years. I am stunned that this post has received 11 comments. I assume you're like me and you're throwing your hands up and saying, "of course this is going on, what did we expect?".
On the other hand, this is clear evidence of the American military commuting murder.

This feels like an opportunity for non-passionate rational judgement. I assume you could track down the pilots of the helicopters. There must be dates and documentation.
I'm curious. What would it take to get this clear crime prosecuted? Connect with Bellingcat?
posted by Drifter568 at 9:26 PM on April 6 [2 favorites]


I agree totally Drifter568 but it might be an activity hazardous to personal health. I think journalists who probe war crimes are incredibly brave.
posted by unearthed at 1:20 AM on April 7


so. excited. for. a multipolar world with such. paragons. of virtue /s

Choosing between the US as our hegemonic uberpower or the multipolar basket of deplorables sure does feel like an inverted trolley problem.
posted by deadgar at 5:45 AM on April 7 [1 favorite]


Drifter568: “What would it take to get this clear crime prosecuted? Connect with Bellingcat?”
The United States withdrew from the Rome Statue treaty on 06 May 2002.
posted by ob1quixote at 9:04 AM on April 7


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