Wikileaks has released a tape that they claim shows the death of two Rueters journalists in Iraq in 2007. I’ve seen the video and have no reason to doubt that it is indeed video showing that.
But they claim it was murder. Crap. It was a legitimate engagement under the law of war, and under the ROE existing at that time.
There’s little doubt among the sane that engaging armed people is within the bounds of law. But did you know that merely being unarmed is not a protection under the law of war? Nor is running away. Nor is being evacuated, unless in a clearly marked ambulance or by clearly marked medical personnel. The ONLY thing that can provide you protection is to make an active attempt at surrender.
Graphic footage and some salty language.
Is the crew somewhat callous? Sure. That’s what happens when people shoot at you. You get callous. And it ain’t a war crime.
I wasn’t going to post on this originally. Just another case of anti-war fanatics getting in an uproar. But I see that AP has put it on the front page at Yahoo, so it is getting a lot of coverage.
Update: Bill Roggio has a much more in depth take down of Wikileaks claims than I have time to address.