Saturday, May 13, 2006

Jeff Spiccoli, fighter pilot

Check out this link to cockpit video of an American F-16 pilot targetting a group of Iraqi civilians. F16 : "I got numerous individuals on the road. Do you want me to take those out?"

Reply: "Take ‘em out"

F16 : "Aw, dude"

Interesting how language affects people's sense of responsibility. The pilot did not call the people on the ground "them," but "those." These are not individuals, souls, lives, but "those." Targets. Nothing else.

My friend Mark, who served a year in Iraq, turned me onto this video. This is just one of many atrocities committed in the name of freedom. History will regard George the younger as a war president. But not so much for his nebulous war on terror, which is as winnable as the war on drugs, but for Bush's war on freedom and human rights. Images of Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib overshadow those of a confident president standing in the rubble of the World Trade Center. Our foreign policy is far removed from our national identity, but Americans don't care because the atrocities are committed out there, somewhere, to people we don't know and could care less existed. Bush just better get gas back to under $3 a gallon or there'll be hell to pay!!!

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