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Video from the Other Side: 'The Cowboys in Iraq'

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.

Images from the Iraqi Resistance video
Possibly the saddest and most haunting photos we have ever published, this image of an American shot to death in a Humvee is an example of what this shocking video contains. If you are sensitive don't watch it.
Images from the Iraqi Resistance video "The Cowboys in Iraq"

(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 King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as's Executive News Editor. Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines.

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, is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website. You can send Tim an email at this address:

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S.LaMarche; March 15, 2010 11:53 pm (Pacific time)

I hardly know what to say. Had to stop it about two thirds thru and compose myself,then forced myself a few minutes later to watch it till the end. I think we should get out of there is grossly understated. I think everybody got lied to, and tragedy reigns for everyone but the financiers and politicians. No WMD's,and condi's back in acedemia and g.w."we did the right thing" bush is writing his memoirs. Watch this people!, who is benefitting from this? WE destroy Baghdad and Kabul to defeat terror,isreal destroys Beirut as a side show to the world cup in 06', and Gaza today, U.S. drones bombing Iran and Pakistan and the people die in the hundreds every week. What is this? Who in the hell would continue this policy? Twenty suicides a day in our military.,repeated tours in the combat zone, these are our people, their lives ruined in spite of the best treatment available, those who "survive" will remain in the loneliest place on the planet for the rest of their lives. I ask our "leaders" to remove thier colective heads from their asses, you are the ones who orchistrated the lie,the invasions, executed former governments and replaced them with sham imposters, working for whom?. They don't represent their own people or their country, and are threatened with death if they venture outside their immediate compounds. What are you politicians going to do about it? Who needs you?! The Iraqi's will hate us along with the rest of Islam for the next hundred years or more and obama grimaces over national health insurace? Jesus save us all!.,better yet I say Buddha show us the way to save ourselves!

Semper fi brother

Vic March 15, 2010 11:32 pm (Pacific time)

Right on, Henry..I agree 100%..and I thank you for giving me the opportunity to clarify that I do not fault or intend to slander our men and women who volunteered in good faith , to protect the US. I blame the liars and opportunists that have betrayed the faith placed in them, and sent our military personel into harms way so that they can make money or further some crazy religious fantasy. I believe that for the most part, those who join the military are good fact, I have come to believe that if there is ANY hope for our country, it may lie with the military. I really believe that we have reached the point where a military coup is our ONLY hope and solution. The radicals and anarchists do not have the firepower or organization or plan and are easily dismissed as whackjobs and "enemies". There is no answer in radicalism and only helps the other side justify the elimination of our civil liberties. Seriously, I have gone from hating the military and anything or anyone involved in the military, to believing that the overwhelming majority of good, America-loving people that make up the military are our LAST hope. The LAST hope for my children, my grandchildren, for America..Remember the oath to support and defend the Constitution against enemies FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC..You, the military people of America, are what our Overlords fear most..if they have any sense at all. Perhaps the time has come that the people of America need your help more than ever. We are occupied and conquered from within..our politicians are traitors and no longer represent us. The ball is in your court. Some 350 MILLION Americans will thank you and you will go down in History as the Paul Reveres, the Nathan Hales (" I regret that I have but One life to give for my country") that saved America. May God bless all of you and direct your actions. These days are crucial to all of us. Time is crucial. "These are the times that try mens souls" Thomas Paine

Hank Ruark March 15, 2010 4:19 pm (Pacific time)

Vic: You may be correct that all over there did volunteer - not sure that's true but it may be so. IF SO, do not forget the long-continuing massive manipulation of our economy, meant to keep middle class down and those at bottom on very edge of economic despair --which, for those in touch with many youth then-and-now, will tell you large numbers felt and feel they have no other next-step but to seek out armed services for what benefits may prevail. That's perhaps saddest part of our-side/story, and should enrage us also for what the overall situation has done and continues to do to our own youth --and thus, ultimately, to our own nation.

Natalie March 15, 2010 3:40 pm (Pacific time)

Not an easy one to watch, brings tears to my eyes... And then, these soldiers have to see a 'welcome home' crowd with a burning flag in their faces under which they served, and hear that they were still not men enough to make their own important decisions.

gp March 15, 2010 2:13 pm (Pacific time)

I visited yesterday with a man who as a child from the ages of 6 to 11 lived through WWII in a small village outside of Krakow, Poland. He immigrated to Argentina with his mother and grandmother at the age of 13. The guy is obsessed with the war, he held his visitors at the front door for 15 minutes rehashing his fears and horrors of the trauma he lived through all these many years ago. He is loco, he has really bad PTSD and after talking the war stories he began in another vein about the potential for home invasion in his tiny village of 100 houses. He lives behind bars in more ways than one. I couldn't help but think about all the Iraqi, Afghan and Palestinian, Somali and other children who will be nuts 60 years from now. Really, it is much the same as Jerry West's article about nature's balance. We are ensuring mental imbalance and physical imbalance on this planet. It is berserk.

Carter March 15, 2010 11:49 am (Pacific time)

MSM really kept that off TV.

Jeff Kaye~ March 15, 2010 8:37 am (Pacific time)

Wow. This is a powerful portrayal, as seen through the eyes of the "opposition", or resistance, in Iraq. I think it might prove quite useful should someone of Arabic descent or with translation skills could translate the lyrics to the song playing over the video, if possible to run closed caption below on the screen. It sounds like a mantra for continued resistance in the face of our occupying forces. We must grasp the hard truth: we are invaders, unwanted, uncalled-for, and increasingly despised for the part we play in Israel's war games strategy to achieve hegemony in the region. How many young US servicemen and women must die to satisfy the war-machine's lust for profit? Enough is enough - the jig is up - Americans at home are beginning to see through the lies that induced us to invade a country that had no ties to 9/11. Our only contribution to their potential for democratic future liberty was to take out Saddam Hussein. We could've done that with one well-positioned sniper. Of course, one of his sons or aides would've jumped into his shoes as the next dictator in line. And that's likely what will happen when (if?) we pull our troops out of that implacable firestorm of hatred inspired by our support for Israel's Zionist designs on the region, but we can't be expected to run their country for them forever... We're stretching our manpower too thin as it is. Somehow, we've got to exit as gracefully as possible, and leave them in charge of their destiny. That will free up troops to assist in the same type of safe, intelligent draw-down of forces in Afghanistan. It's time for our troops to come home and begin their own healing; let Israel wage wars if its hateful leadership so desires... we've no longer the will or desire to be their stooges. My sincere thanks to you at Salem-News for continual coverage of these difficult topics ignored for the most part my the Mainstream Media. As Vic points out, you will no doubt get some negative feedback, flak, stabbed in the back, etc. for posting that video, but it helps to give us the perspective of the invaded country's resistance fighters; to know what we're up against over there - what we're sending our sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, and friends over there to die for.

Vic March 15, 2010 7:09 am (Pacific time)

Few foes are as determined as people fighting to protect their children and their loved ones from vicious foreign invaders and killers. Even a raccoon becomes a terrifying animal when it is protecting it's offspring. American service members have to ask themselves how far into Hell they are willing to go for Haliburton, AIPAC, Raytheon et al. Where is the tipping point? At what point do people say ENOUGH ! "Only followed orders" didnt work at Nuremburg, and I suspect it doesnt work for the many service members who never thought their govt would send them to die and kill for MONEY. At what point does personal accountability kick in? This film is depressing, but remember, all the soldiers seen here volunteered to help invade and subjugate a country. The million or so dead Iraqi civilians did not gleefully volunteer to be gunned down and occupied. WE are the bad guys here, and anyone who would say otherwise is a liar. What would Americans do if we were invaded, our kids arrested and tortured, our resources stolen and crooks and thugs placed in power to see that the slaugher and plunder continues unabated.? I bet there would be a lot of resistance. But then again, Americans have grown so apathetic...maybe we would just shrug our shoulders and cooperate with our overlords....dont think so. The Iraqi, Afghan and American people have the SAME enemy...the weapons manufacturers, AIPAC and the Zionist lobby, the treasonous politicians who dont care how many die as long as they get re-elected, and the multi-national corporations who cheerlead for war because it makes them big $$$, and the lapdog media who overlook the obvious to print the govt lies. Thanks for having the courage and integrity to show this video, will probably get flak for it, and be accused of "aiding the enemy", which is ridiclous of course.

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