Iraq and Afghanistan: The real “first-person shooter” video games

Yesterday, I posted a story from Foreignpolicy.com called Meet the Sims … and Shoot Them: The rise of militainment.

I said:

“Don’t look now, but that totally boss “first person shooter” video game that you’re playing is a great training and recruitment tool for the United States military.  So good, in fact, that there’s a very good chance that it was designed by the U.S. military.  Apparently, dehumanization and hand-eye coordination are the skills of choice for the masters of war these days, and propaganda is the new red, white, and blue.”

Well, speaking of dehumanization…

Earlier today, Wikileaks released a US military video, shot from the gun-site of an Apache helicopter, that shows the slaughter of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad in 2007.  Among the dead were two Reuters news staff, and among the wounded were two children.

When questioned by Reuters, the military did not reveal how the Reuters staff were killed, and stated that they did not know how the children were injured.  They also have denied multiple requests by Reuters for the video leaked by Wikileaks.

The video, on the other hand, shows exactly what happened.  There were two separate attacks.  The first attack takes place after the helicopter crew observes several people, including the Reuters photographers, walking down the street, completely oblivious of the helicopter, even as its crew has them in its cross hairs, and is seeking permission to “engage”, which is apparently military lingo for “terminate with extreme prejudice”.

The second attack occurs when two courageous, unarmed people arrive in a van and attempt to save the wounded and retrieve the dead bodies from the first attack.  It is at this time that the two children were wounded, as they were inside the van as it was demolished by more rapid-fire canon bursts.

It must be mentioned at this point that some of the initial group may have been armed, although it’s not 100% clear in the video what, exactly, they were carrying.  In any event, as I said above, these people were simply walking down the street, IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY, accompanied by two Reuters news staff, completely oblivious of the circling U.S. helicopter.  They certainly weren’t firing on the helicopter, or on anyone for that matter.  They were just walking down the freaking street.

Here’s the video.

Here are some choice quotes from the U.S. soldiers.

“Ha ha ha, I hit ’em.”

“Oh yeah, look at those dead bastards.”

And in response to the above:

“Nice.”

Oh, and here’s the video game that I posted yesterday.

We are creating fucking monsters.

And while we’re on the topic, this story was released today as well.

US special forces ‘tried to cover-up’ botched Khataba raid in Afghanistan

US special forces soldiers dug bullets out of their victims’ bodies in the bloody aftermath of a botched night raid, then washed the wounds with alcohol before lying to their superiors about what happened, Afghan investigators have told The Times UK.

Two pregnant women, a teenage girl, a police officer and his brother were shot on February 12 when US and Afghan special forces stormed their home in Khataba village, outside Gardez in eastern Afghanistan. The precise composition of the force has never been made public.

More at the link.

And don’t forget about this piece that appeared in the New York Times on March 26, 2010:

KABUL, Afghanistan — American and NATO troops firing from passing convoys and military checkpoints have killed 30 Afghans and wounded 80 others since last summer, but in no instance did the victims prove to be a danger to troops, according to military officials in Kabul.

We have shot an amazing number of people, but to my knowledge, none has ever proven to be a threat,” said Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, who became the senior American and NATO commander in Afghanistan last year. His comments came during a recent videoconference to answer questions from troops in the field about civilian casualties.”

More at link.

And all of this is (supposedly) in response to an attack that took place going on nine years ago, and was (supposedly) perpetrated by an organization (Al Qaeda) that began its life as an asset of US intelligence, under Obama’s current foreign policy advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski.

Never mind that Unocal/Chevron has been dying to build a natural gas pipeline through Afghanistan since the 90’s.

Forget that Afghanistan is the poppy (heroin) capital of the world, and that the Taliban were deposed by the U.S. invasion RIGHT AFTER they put a stop to the poppy production.  And whatever you do, pay no attention to the fact that the opium production has skyrocketed since the CIA got to town in October of 2001.

So the military industrial complex rakes in hundreds of billions, and gains even more control over the levers of power in the United States.  So freaking what???

These are all simply serendipitous benefits that come along with being the victim of “terrorism”, NOT smoking guns indicating possible complicity among the people who have benefited the most from the 9/11 attacks.

But what about the PNAC document?  The one published in September of 2000, by an organization that counted as its members Dick Cheney, Richard Perle, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wofowitz, Jeb Bush, John Bolton, Scooter Libby, Elliot Abrams, and Richard Armitage (among others).  The one that advocated for preemptive war, control of the Middle East and the Caspian Basin.  The one that included this quote:

“Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event like a new Pearl Harbor…”

Listen, the fact that they got their “Pearl Harbor” within a year, and then gained control of the Middle East and the Caspian Basin shouldn’t, under any circumstances, lead one to think, even for one second, that the members of PNAC had anything to do with 9/11.   Especially since most of them went on to serve in the Bush administration.  After all, members of the U.S. government would never lie about their reasons for going to war, and more importantly, powerful people never conspireEVER.

This is a war on TERROR, and to spread DEMOCRACY.  To doubt that, or to even ask intelligent questions about the official 9/11 conspiracy theory is unpatriotic and dangerous.  Only non-Americans do evil things.  Well, except for that new species of American we’ve been hearing so much about lately; the “domestic terrorist”.  Just shut the fuck up and think what you’re told to think.  Oh, and keep on buying shit that you don’t need from the multinational corporations who have shipped all of their jobs overseas, and who hide their money in off-shore tax shelters.  After all, if your enemies are going to hate you for your freedom anyway, then you might as well keep yourself entertained for every single millisecond of every single day.  Even as YOUR representatives continue to send testosterone laden video gamers half way across the earth to destroy entire cultures in your name.

And do I even have to remind you that Commander in Chief Obama is the reigning Nobel Peace Laureate?

War is peace.  Freedom is slavery.  Ignorance is strength.

Jesus fucking Christ.

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