Canadian Soldier Firing Minigun from a Chinook in Afghanistan

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**I am here to play the devil’s advocate.**

Where was this fired, and under what circumstances? From the view both behind the gunner, and reflected in his visor, it looks like a desolate but peaceful area. On a guess, the Griffon’s out in the middle of nowhere, and not in a fire-fight. Is the the weapon then is being fired purely for entertainment? Is that okay? Now, I’m not one to deride doing things for shits and giggles. Wanted to get a feel for the gun? Made for a better photo shoot? Liked the way it went boom? Fine, that’s cool. I am all for that, under the right circumstances. Is this the right circumstance?

Our Canadian ISAF presence in Afghanistan is primarily to train the ANSF. That’s not a combative mission. We’re there to keep the peace, get some work done, and in general bolster international relations. Cavalier discharge of military hardware in extranational airspace seems a wee disjoint with that mission.

Thoughts?

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