This video was posted on Wikileaks. It has value added content from Wikileaks so be sure to ignore that and make up your own mind. I do not believe you are free to brandish AK47's on the street in Iraq. It is a war zone. I think its safe to assume that people walking around with assault riffles are insurgents even if they have reporters in tow. It looks as though the camera was mistaken for an RPG as well. After they are shot, an unmarked van drives up to carry off the wounded and it is also shot at. The van came equipped with two children for just such a contingency.
Of course I'm troubled by the pointless loss of life in this video and in this war. Perhaps the outcomes in Iraq will one day justify the lies told to all of us for its purpose. There were no WMD.
I'm glad Canada did not participate in this war. I'm glad we are leaving Afghanistan. The two are related in my view. The above pilots, soldiers and equipment would have been better deployed in Kandahar. The expense of this war should have been directed at this first and just war in Afghanistan. Instead the US diverted sizable resources to a second war in Iraq on purpose.
Today Canada loses blood and treasure in a war that has lasted far too long. Afghanistan should have had this kind of attention. We did not come to Afghanistan so that the USA could take care of other business. They are mighty enough to fight 2 wars simultaneously, they are mighty enough to do it alone. Our patience is as limited as our resources.
I would very much like to see Afghanistan healed. We've done our part. Have things improved there at all since our parliament decided not to extend the involvement past 2011? Where is the war trending? Would a few more years make a difference or would it just prolong the current situation? Is the Status Quo preferable to leaving it to Obama and the NATO phonies? Is Russia still willing to wade in?
Never throw good money after bad, they say. It applies to lives as well. Just some things to think about.
Update: There were indeed RPGs and ammo found by the troops who arrived. It seems as though the reporters intended to film a rocket attack carried out by insurgents. Here is the report from the troops who arrived:
We remained above the engagement site while Bushmaster sent ground forces to the site. Bushmaster arrived and reported 11 x AIF KIA and found RPGs and RPG rounds at the site. We also witnessed a loaded RPG lying 2-3 blocks south of the engagement site. Bushmaster reported that the first child was wounded and pulled from the van. We were unable to determine that there were children in the vehicle and never saw any children prior to or during the engagement. After viewing the gun tape, were able to determine that both wounded children came from the van. Bushmaster immediately MEDEVAC'd both girls to FOB Loyalty for medical care.
(h/t) to the Jawa Report. The whole video is a big smear.