In the latest uproar surrounding American troops in Afghanistan, video has been released of an American pilot singing an impromptu rendition of Don McLean’s ‘American Pie’ at the exact moment a rocket strikes Afghans on the ground.
The video appeared on Liveleak.com and is already generating controversy for a US government that has had to deal with multiple scandals involving deplorable conduct of American troops in Afghanistan.
The video, taken from the cockpit of an AH64 Apache helicopter in the 101st airborne division, shows an air raid on an Afghan roadway. As the pilots close in on the target, they release a hellfire missile. The targets can be seen as little white spots in the middle of the road. They turn to run, and the moment before they are engulfed in flame, one of the pilots comes over the com with his rendition of the most famous line of the American classic.
"While on patrol in the Wardack province our Apache Pilots aka "Mexican" encountered innocent farmers planting poppy seeds in the middle of the road. Working in concert with ground forces they eliminated the threat with ONE Kilo Hellfire," the caption by Liveleak.com on the video reads.
"At the 01:39 mark you can hear the pilot singing "Bye Bye Ms. American Pie" right before impact then BOOM….the rest is history. Enjoy and have a Happy Fourth of July."
Whether or not the targets in question were in fact farmers planting poppy seeds cannot be independently confirmed.
As the survivors of the strike run for cover in the surrounding structures, the pilots continue their attack with lighter fire, to which one of the pilots coolly remarks "you missed". As one of the targets hides in the neighboring building one of the pilots, possibly the same Don McLean fan, asks “I have eyes on the building. You want me to shoot the building?” to which he receives a negative response.
This is only the latest in a series of revelations which has forced the US armed services to launch damage control investigations into the conduct of its soldiers.
An official investigation is already underway of footage posted by the same website in January that apparently depicted American soldiers urinating on the dead bodies of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. The soldiers can be heard making quips such as "Have a great day, buddy" and "Golden like a shower" while carrying out the disturbing act.