'Incident in New Baghdad': The Effects of War on a Soldier

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

On April 5, 2010, WikiLeaks released a video called "Collateral Murder." The video presented an editorialized account of what has become one of the most infamous and controversial events in the war in Iraq: on July 12, 2007, two U.S. Army helicopters opened fire on a group of men in in the district of New Baghdad. Eight were killed, including two Reuters reporters; most were unarmed.

The Oscar-nominated documentary short "Incident in New Baghdad" recounts this event through the perspective of Ethan McCord, a former army specialist who can be seen in the video trying to save two children who have been injured by the gunfire. He has since become an anti-war activist.

McCord joins The Takeaway to discuss his experiences, and Jim Spione, the director of the documentary, talks about his film and the history behind it.

Guests:

Jim Spione

Produced by:

Jillian Weinberger

Comments [2]

RLPartridge from Box Elder County, Utah

Our imperial presiddents (every one since Pres. Calvin Cooledge)have, contrary to the sage advice of George Washington and Thos. Jefferson, been meddling in the affairs of other nations and creating enemies. When some Saudi men attacked New York City, GW Bush, in violation of his oath of office and reason, unlawfully invaded Iraq, and it has gone from bad to worse there and elsewhere in the world for America and the world.

Feb. 27 2012 01:13 AM
Joe Maizlish from Los Angeles, CA USA

What's this about "most were unarmed?"
As I recall, the audio had the crew members saying things like "could be a weapon" about something that could have been many other things and was never wielded as a weapon. Does anyone have information about a weapon being identified at the scene (not that weapons haven't been planted at times, but knowing whether something was found at this scene might be of use).

Feb. 26 2012 05:35 PM

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