Tuesday, May 23, 2006


GI Schmoe?

Sydney Indymedia is linking to a video, allegedly of a former US Ranger Jessie MacBeth".
This interview will change how you view the U.S. occupation of Iraq forever. I cannot possibly recommend this more highly. An Iraq war veteran tells of atrocities he and other fellow-soldiers committed reguarly while in Iraq.
If he didn't answer the way we liked, we would shoot his youngest kid in the head
I have never seen this level of honesty from a U.S. soldier who directly participated in the slaughtering of Iraqis. (with VIDEO)
The first comment calls bullshit:
This is a hoax.

Lots of "progressives" will probably be excited today about a new "interview" with an alleged former Ranger", "Jessie MacBeth", being hyped by the Centre for Research on Globalization.
The alleged Ranger accuses American soldiers of all sorts of war crimes. Luckily, the makers of the film didn't know enough about how military uniforms really work, so real soldiers are pointing out the discrepancies to show it's unlikely that this person was really who he claims to be. Examples of the discrepancies noted in the site's comments are in the extended entry.
The Mudville Gazette Military Blog is on the case. Comments on that post are very interesting, note numerous apparent discrepancies and members there are looking into this person's military history.

I concur with one comment that discrediting the person on the basis of errors in their uniform may not be the best tactic, however it should be easy enough to conclusively verify or discredit this film.

Little Green Footballs suggests Jessie Macbeth is tampering with his Military.com profile and there is a ton of links at Hot Air which don't look good for Macbeth and the film's producers.

It will be interesting to see how this propaganda unfolds, and for whom.

Prediction: If the video does turn out to be absolutely fake, Jessie Macbeth a fraud and the producers are liars, some will suggest the whole thing was engineered from start to finish as an attempt to discredit the Progressive Left Wing.

To those people, I would simply say visit Indymedia and see how well they do the job themselves.

A tale of two posts

This is the sort of comment that Cam (moderator of Sydney Indymedia) hides:

>"Getting motor vehicles to wait at lights for an extra cycle in
order to improve safety for people using sustainable methods of
transport isn't such a big ask, is it?"

"That depends. Is expecting road users to obey the National Road Rules a
big ask? When a cyclist runs a red light and gets run down by a car, it
will always be seen as the car driver's fault, largely because poor
little squashed cyclist has no insurance. If Critical Mass want to apply
for a police escort, or 'green light tunnel' then more power to them. If
however some of them want to run red lights as some form of political
statement, then I feel very sorry for the poor motorist who has
nightmares for years after running down some suicidal shitstirrer. "

This is the sort of comment that Stacy (another moderator) defends
I posted this comment at SIMC and Cam immediately hid it.

They have less and less credibility every day.
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