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So, there it is
All over the Internet
A very popular video

An American helicopter
Has a bead on two Iraqis

The Iraqis are standing by two trucks
A pick-up and a larger covered vehicle

They are apparently aware of the helicopter
But don't know how well the pilot can see them

One of them pulls a weapon from the cab of the pick-up
And runs into the field and dumps the weapon between the furrows

The other one eventually follows the actions of the first
And then they both stand around the pick-up truck, acting casual

Meanwhile, you can hear the helicopter pilot
Talking to his controller, describing what the Iraqis are doing
They are trying to decide whether or not to "smoke" these guys
While the two Iraqis are apparently deciding whether or not to retrieve their weapons

One of the Iraqis moves towards his weapon, then moves back towards the truck
The other one moves in and out of the cab of the pick-up, and then heads into the field

In the field is a third vehicle, a farm tractor, with a farmer sitting on it
From the furrows, one can see that the farmer has been plowing up the field

The Iraqi that has returned to the field, goes and stands by the tractor
By this time the American controller has ordered the American pilot to "smoke em!"

The farmer jumps from the tractor and is the first to be blown to bits by the helicopter guns
Then the tractor is blown to bits with the Iraqi standing behind it

The controller then tells the pilot to take out the large truck, under which the other Iraqi is hiding
The truck is blown to bits and the second Iraqi crawls from under it, wounded

The controller tells the pilot to take out the pick-up truck and walk his gun up to "smoke" the wounded Iraqi
The pick-up and wounded Iraqi are blown to bits, by the cooly professional pilot and controller

The American pilot, a Warrant Officer, and the controller, a Captain, have just killed the "enemy"
In a calm and cold, business-like, manner, without questioning what the ramifications of their actions might be

Most likely, the two Iraqis were insurgents, but then again, many Iraqis carry weapons for protection
And what about the farmer? Was he an insurgent? Perhaps, but maybe he was an innocent bystander

Maybe he was an insurgent and a farmer, fighting, what he believed was, an evil invader
Maybe all three were insurgents, or maybe they were just two truck drivers and a farmer taking a break

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