Black Hawk Down

Fri, 2009-04-10 13:48 by admin

Now, years after the movie was made, I finally found the time to watch it.

Black Hawk Down is a realistic movie about the American attack on 1993-10-03 in Mogadishu, directed against Mohamed Farrah Aidid, at the time the most powerful local warlord and commander of the SNA (Somali Nataional Alliance), who was eventually killed on 1996-08-02. The purpose of the mission was to capture two of Aidid's most important subordinates.

If you want a feeling for what asymmetric warfare can be like, watch this movie.

Estimates for Somalis killed in this single mission range from 133 (source: SNA in a Frontline documentary on American television) to over 2,000 (the high number of other, mostly American, estimates). 18 American soldiers were killed, plus one two days later. The mission was a terrible mistake and ultimately led to the withdrawal of the American troops.

Director: Ridley Scott, Music: Hans Zimmer

The movie shows the entire event from a purely American point of view, but that may be honest, because there is not much information about the other side.

The rather memorable scenes in which American soldiers' corpses were dragged through the streets of Mogadishu, were not shown or even mentioned. (After the battle, the bodies of several US casualties of the conflict, members of the Black Hawk "Super 64" crew and their protectors, Delta Operators SFC Shughart and MSG Gordon, were dragged through the streets of Mogadishu by crowds of local civilians and SNA forces.)