Slaughter from the skies
Published 07/04/2010 | 07:58
THE deaths of a Reuters news agency photographer and his driver were not slaughter on the scale of the My Lai Massacre but may yet have a similarly profound effect upon the conduct of an unpopular war.
The mass murder by a unit of the US Army of hundreds of unarmed civilians in the South Vietnam village four decades ago -- and the graphic images that were published all over the world -- prompted widespread outrage and increased domestic opposition to US war policy.
The gruesome video footage from Iraq of a helicopter gunship attack on a group of men ambling along with what might have been weapons slung casually over their shoulders, but which were in fact cameras and other reporting equipment, has had an effect perhaps disproportionate to the number of people killed in the three-year-old incident.