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Soldiers filming in Iraq: documenting war or morbid fascination?

Since Afghanistan and Iraq, constant and live coverage of war has become reality. Wherever, whenever, you can see what's happening as it happens. Filmed by both insurgents and soldiers, there are now hundreds of videos online. Here is one of them. Posted on the video-sharing network on 11 December, the video was shot in Iraq, but it's impossible to say when. We asked Ernesto, a soldier who fought in Iraq, to comment on the video. "It's hard for a civilian seeing this from the outside," he explains. "But this stuff is not pro-war or anti-war, it's just reality." Post your questions to Ernesto. Video not dated.

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Since Afghanistan and Iraq, constant and live coverage of war has become reality. Wherever, whenever, you can see what's happening as it happens. Filmed by both insurgents and soldiers, there are now hundreds of videos online. Here is one of them. Posted on the video-sharing network Liveleak on 11 December, the video was shot in Iraq, but it's impossible to say when. We asked Ernesto, a soldier who fought in Iraq, to comment on the video. "It's hard for a civilian seeing this from the outside," he explains. "But this stuff is not pro-war or anti-war, it's just reality."

Post your questions to Ernesto.

Video not dated.

What the marine says:

"Right, we're about to blast the hell out of this damn building... Yeh... Here it comes. Holy fuck! Did you see that shit? Holy shit that motherfucker. That's technology. You muj motherfucker. That's what you get for ruining my birthday bitch."

 

Commentary from soldier Ernesto Haibi

This kind of video just polarises what you already believe. If you're for the war then you'll see some good soldiers killing the bad guys. If you're against it, then you'll see soldiers relishing in death and destruction. I've been in that situation, and you do get happy.

What happened for them to request something that big [a helicopter missile] must have been quite serious. He [the soldier] just ended what was probably a long situation and the person on the other end, who wanted to kill him, is not going to be able to anymore. He'll be able to go home for one more day, and at that time, that's all you care about. It's sad that we relish in the situation, but at the same time, you're always going to be happy. You don't want to do damage, but you've got no other choice.

It's hard for a civilian seeing this from the outside. This stuff is not pro-war or anti-war, it's just reality. Good guys, bad guys, people get hurt. But those things happen, and a thousand times worse, in every war. If you support the army, and cheer them on, you should also be able to stomach the reality of it.

Why did this guy post that video? For fame? To be cool? To educate? Most people post them to be cool. There's no political statement. This is the new entertainment. Real war. Not in a movie or a video game. It's morbid fascination."