Some new reactions to the WikiLeaks video, where a
US gunship is shooting at Iraqis in in July 2007. Two Reuter’s employees were among the people killed. A man who stopped to help the injured was also killed, and his two children were seriously injured, but survived. Baghdad
The Committee to Protect Journalists are asking for a full investigation into the shooting shown in the WikiLeaks video, along with an investigation into other shootings of journalists in
by US troops. Iraq
One thing they point out is how the
troops will sometimes mistake a camera for a weapon. This happened in the WikiLeaks video, but it happened in other situations too. They are basically interested in learning from this incident, so that these mistakes won’t happen again. US
Haifa Zangana, a novelist and former prisoner under the Saddam regime, has something to say about the video.
She knows the area where it happened, and has relatives that still live nearby. She played there as a child. At first, she feels numb watching the video, then she feels deep anger. She brings up other well known massacres that happened in
Iraq since the invasion. She ends with this statement: US
We seldom hear from people like the Iraqi widow whose husband was shot, who looked me in the eye last summer, and said: "But we didn't invade their country." Unlike this video, the injustice she feels will not fade with time. It is engraved in the collective memory of people, and will be until justice is done.
Well, she is not exactly correct in that last assessment. Her opinion piece was published on April 10, 2010. According to an article published on April 26, 2010, the widow of the man who was driving the van (and the mother of the two children injured) has accepted the apology that two
Widow of Iraqi killed by US troops in video ‘accepts apology’ after letter
The widow of an Iraqi killed in a notorious
Since this incident happened in July 2007, the children were younger then. They have scars on their bodies from the attack. Their mother said:
“I can accept their apology,” Mrs Tuman said, “because they saved my children and if it were not for them, maybe my two little children would be dead.”
She also commented that the anti-war work the two soldiers are doing is very good work, because she would like the American people to understand what happened here in
“We lost our country and our lives were destroyed.”
She also asked for financial help, since their breadwinner was killed and the children’s medical expenses are running into the thousands of dollars. The mother and her children had to leave their home and move in with their brother in law.
One of the families of the Reuter’s employees was less forgiving. The father of Nabil Noor-Eldeen said that he was angry the soldiers did not come forward sooner, and he wanted them to expose the rest of the crimes that happened against the Iraqis. His words:
If the two wished for forgiveness, he said, “they should expose the rest of the crimes that have happened against the Iraqis, and not wait for another film to ask for apology and forgiveness”.
The other family (of Saeed Chmagh) accepted the apology. His brother said:
“I thank them for their good feelings,” he said, calling for the two men to testify to “the injustice that happened in front of them” in international courts.
Reuters, at this time, will not comment on whether it will be pursing legal action around the death of their two employees.
I remember when this incident happened, since I regularly look at the photos coming out of