Black Hawk Down
The story behind the infamous downing of an American Black Hawk helicopter by Somali gunmen.
since the Vietnam war, and it's the detail that makes this narrative full of tension. 'I've got urgent casualties at the crash site . people still alive in the wreckage. If you tuck in tight pick that sucker out . we're running out of medical supplies and ammo.' A member of the US forces involved in the bid to capture warlord Aideed candidly describes 'turning the handle' of a meat grinder of death. In one day the Americans estimate they killed more than a 1000 Somalis. We speak to the US envoy, Admiral Howe, who saw months of hard work destroyed as the UN and US collided with Aideed and his fighters. Those same Somalis today speak of their lack of remorse for dragging the bodies of US marines through the streets of Mogadishu. On July 12th, nearly 80 Somali elders were killed by US gunships firing into a building in Mogadishu. In revenge for that attack 4 international journalists were hacked to death as they worked. How did America go from guardian angel to imperialistic devil? Did the US leadership bargain for the unique Somali environment? Black Hawk Down takes the viewer behind the headlines to reconstruct this perverse Alice in Wonderland battle. With thousands of civilian lives lost and millions in international peace keeping reserves spent, the Somalia story is an important backdrop to the question of foreign military intervention.
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