Friday, March 20, 2009
Battleground Ghost or Frightening New Technology?
This one is really weird. This video begins with a roadside bomb at 00:40. Thereafter, the tank seems to grind to a halt and three soldiers dash offscreen to the right. Then another tank arrives, followed by several support vehicles. Beginning at 2:58, we see a figure race back from the right of the screen. Now, you may need to review this several times and compare this sole figure to all the others that pass by this same section of the screen.
It's weird; this figure seems to appear from nowhere and slowly resolve before our eyes. Granted, the figure was running pretty fast, so what we are seeing may simply be an artifact of the video camera. But others on the Internet (who have confirmed him as an insurgent) are positing theories ranging from ghosts to some new "cloaking" technology. While I'm no expert on such matters, my concerns are, first, that the figures represent two opposing forces (I can't be certain of this) and, second, that the soldier who moves around to the front of the tank seems aware of the strange figure as he climbs on top and eventually disappears within. Either way, there is something very strange in this video.
Does this footage show some strange new technology, proof of battleground spirits, or is it simply an artefact of frame speed? Further analysis of the original video would be required, but I can't see anyone getting their hands on it anytime soon.