Wednesday, June 16, 2010
“Collateral Damage” soldier speaks out “…you kill every motherfucker on the street”
by Larry Geller
I was wondering how long it would be before one of the soldiers heard in the Wikileaks “Collateral Damage” video would speak out. Indeed, it has just happened.
This is still breaking news. Will the mainstream press every carry it?
Please see the original article. This is a short snip from a statement from Ethan McCord, one of the soldiers in the video:
"we had a pretty gung-ho commander, who decided that because we were getting hit by IEDs a lot, there would be a new battalion SOP [standard operating procedure]. He goes, “If someone in your line gets hit with an IED, 360 rotational fire. You kill every motherfucker on the street." Myself and Josh and a lot of other soldiers were just sitting there looking at each other like, “Are you kidding me? You want us to kill women and children on the street?” And you couldn’t just disobey orders to shoot, because they could just make your life hell in Iraq. So like with myself, I would shoot up into the roof of a building instead of down on the ground toward civilians. But I’ve seen it many times, where people are just walking down the street and an IED goes off and the troops open fire and kill them."
McCord says the scenes captured in the Wikileaks video are "an every-day occurrence in Iraq." McCord says that when he found the two children wounded in the van, another soldier began to vomit and ran off.