Sunday, June 03, 2007

To an American Pilot

First we have this:
Although nearly all the combat operations in Iraq are on the ground, warplanes are still up there, and involved in the fighting. But in a major change from the way air operations are usually conducted, the ground troops are giving the orders. Every day, ground force commanders tell the CAOC (Combined Air Operations Center) where air power will be most needed. Specific aircraft types are not requested, but rather the kind of support the ground troops believe they will need. (emphasis added)

F-16 used in Iraq; sending down a guided missle to where?

Then we have this:

And then we have:

The grandmother of 11-year-old Mohammed Mahmoud Azzawi mourns behind the body of her grandson in a morgue in Baqouba, 60 kilometers (35 miles) northeast of Baghdad, on Saturday, June 2, 2007. Azzawi is one of the 3 civilians killed after a U.S airstrike this morning in the Al-mafraq district of central Baqouba, killing 3 civilians and injuring five others the Joint Coordination Center said. (emphasis added)(AP Photo)

Dear Pilot of the warplane that killed this child:

I know, I know, unfortunate collateral damage. "I'm just doing my duty." War is hell. Children get in the way. Every day, but, who cares? Just one less raghead we'll have to kill eventually.

I am sorry, Pilot, it is a War Crime to bombard civilians in a country that you occupy. While you share guilt, so do I. But the man who is primarily guilty of this sits in a secure White House in Washington, D.C., when he isn't thumping his chest and crying "Me President........You Terrorist."

You, I, George Bush, and 300 million Americans all share the guilt. It will never be washed clean.

1 comment:

Felix Grant said...

I'll add "Me, Tony Blair, and 60 million Britons: ditto".

(Slightly) fuller version at The Growlery.