Sunday, April 11, 2010

Reuters Photographer Killed

Photojournalism is a risky business, especially for those that wish to cover war and terror.
During hostile engagements, enemy recognition is not always an easy task for soldiers and airmen. Blood pumping rapidly though the body, your heart is pounding, your mind is searching for something to justify killing before you are killed. Hasty judgments are made. Visions of who are the good guys and who are the bad guys can be clouded by personal emotion. Unfortunately, when our visions become clouded people die needlessly. In watching this video I felt this was the case. Photojournalist fall victim to the might of helicopter fire power because they were mistakenly identified as bad guys carrying weapons.
Listening to the tone of the voice, it sounds as if emotions to kill before being killed were taking over the hunt. In my opinion some of the killing could have possibility been avoided if the personal emotions would have been observed or attention was given to the eagerness to kill. Of course, the eagerness to kill is driven by the mind set - kill before you are killed. This is my opinion and my opinion only. Feel free to watch the video and make your own judgment.

Be aware this video is graphic. To read the full story by David Walker, on PDN click here

"Leaked Military Video Shows Killing of Reuters Photographer"


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