Wikileaks Video Provokes Debate Over ‘War Crimes’
There’s a lot of buzz on the web about this video released today by Wikileaks, showing a 2007 incident in Iraq in which a Reuters cameraman was killed by fire from an Apache helicopter, along with several other people. After the initial shooting, a group of adults and children arrive in a minivan to help the wounded, and they are fired upon as well. A transcript and more information has been posted at a website with a rather loaded name: Collateral Murder.
Quite a few people are calling this clear evidence of a war crime. I’m not so sure it is, because at least in the initial group of men, some of them were evidently armed. The shooting of the rescuers, however, is highly disturbing.
What do you think?