In the video “Blackwater” the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army can be seen trampling cars, firing guns at citizens and taunting them. The reason these videos are important for American’s to see and view is because this is the face of America.
It is known for a fact that American leaders including President Bush, and Military Commanders DID NOT approve of these actions, however that did not stop these men from driving run away tanks, in a ruthless manner.
When children grow up these images and scenes of these men destroying their cities, and towns in tanks will live in their mind. This is the perception of America to some in the Middle East.
War is never going to be done in a humane way, and soldiers are taught to hate their enemy in wartime. However the next time you want to know where the hatred comes from, just remember these scenes of out of control “Blackwater” soldiers romping through Baghdad. This is what is caught on camera, just wonder how often it wasn’t filmed, yet done.
It does no good for us to conceal these videos no matter how upsetting they are to watch. It is important to know what the people of the Middle East perceived our occupation to look like. Put yourself in their shoes, and imagine this happening in your hometown.
Videos from Harper magazine.
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