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Video from the Other Side: 'The Cowboys in Iraq'Story by Tim King Salem-News.com
If you don't want to know what your fellow Americans have been through, or what the enemies of the U.S. and Coalition Forces have to say, then don't watch the video.
(BAGHDAD / SALEM) - There are few things in the world that are harder to watch than the video that accompanies this story.
It was produced by the Iraqi Resistance in 2005 and posted on Google Video. The video is called "The Cowboys in Iraq". This is not al Qaeda; from what I can tell it is simply the people of Iraq who banded together to fight the western occupational military forces.
You could certainly call it a trip to the dark side. This is the Iraq that is not portrayed in movies. This is the Iraq that has been seen by our soldiers and Marines, sailors and airmen and women, far more than the average person realizes. On a daily basis, it is the Iraq seen by enemies of the Coalition Forces.
Americans were taken to war by President George W. Bush on the premise that there were weapons of mass destruction just waiting to be lobbed at the United States, placing our population in "extreme danger".
Later, Bush would make jokes about the WMD's during a public event, saying, "No WMD's there, nope, none there" as if the slaughter of so many people is simply a failed business deal, thus dismissing the massive deaths and injuries that it has meant for the common people.
I have been to Iraq. I have seen the destruction, and I have seen the fear in the eyes of men and women when approached by a platoon of American forces on combat patrol.
I have seen the equity of the average American who is serving in this war, clearly working within the realms of humanity in spite of their uniforms and weapons, and I also watched a soldier raise his M-4 on a 10-year old Iraqi boy and threaten to "blow his brains out" because he thought the child laughed at him.
Welcome to Iraq, the land of PTSD, where there are plenty of IED's, but no WMD's.
This miserable war is not the average American's fault, but at what point does every American admit where the fault really lies?
And what are our Combat Veterans to do?
They are damaged by this war; fighting the Veterans Administration for compensation for their injuries in the war, and the war is continuing.
The word war is certainly one of the first many toddlers learn; the offspring of deployed combat forces, I know how that makes me feel. In addition to all of the ongoing casualties in Afghanistan, our last report on American losses overseas included four individuals killed in Iraq.
I guess the government plans to just keep sending more and more and more. It keeps Haiburton and KBR in business, that's for sure.
This video is not new, in fact is it over five years old.
It contains extremely powerful images and that is putting it lightly. This video contains tragic, grotesque photos of Americans who have been killed; blown up, burned to death, dying, crying; all of the features of war that the mainstream media in the U.S. likes to shield people from.
Well, you are still shielded at this point, and if you don't want to know what the enemies of the U.S. and Coalition Forces have to say, then don't watch the video. It contains segments of Bush talking, all of the tragic photos of Americans and Iraqis injured and killed that I mentioned, and the opening and ending are in Arabic. Still, it seems intended for the American audience, of course.
I will say now, don't judge me poorly for publishing it, because it is all a matter of grave reality for the hundreds of thousands who have served there. I didn't start this damned war -- and if my job is publishing information, which it seems to have been for the last few years -- then I have no right to not immediately put it forth.
On that note, this is not something for Combat Veterans to watch; it is something the people who supported sending those Americans to Iraq should watch, and it is education for all of us who need to know more. I would not allow my children to see it, that is unless they were considering joining the military. On that note, there may not be any stronger tool to share with those who are feeling the calling and considering serving at this dangerous time in history.
Our writer John McCarthy, a former U.S. Army officer and Special Forces operator in Vietnam, said, "I don't think the recruiting offices will be playing this for the inductees, but those in high school and college deserve the truth... the emotions created by viewing and listening to this piece run the gamut."
June, 2005 Video Release by the Iraqi Resistance -
"The Cowboys in Iraq"
Tim holds numerous awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), first place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several others including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Serving the community in very real terms, Salem-News.com is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website. You can send Tim an email at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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