Thursday, May 14, 2009

Caterkiller, Killdozer, and Black Thunder

The US Campaign staff was doing some reasearch for our upcoming Caterpillar Day of Action when we ran across a 1974 B-movie, Killdozer, which apparently tells the horrific tale of a space-rock possessed D-9 bulldozer going after the crew of an isolated construction site--sort of HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey meets earth-moving equipment. Oddly enough, the bizarre film isn't so terribly far from the truth (minus the space rock). Apparently the Israeli military, in addition to armor fitting and weaponizing D-9 Caterpillar bulldozers, has been utilizing a new unmanned, remote controlled version of the killing machine. Dubbed "Black Thunder," the drone demolisher first came into use in the 2006 invasion of Lebanon and was most recently put to use in Operation Cast Lead, almost certainly contributing to the more than 4,000 houses destroyed by the Israeli military during their most recent Gaza invasion. Killdozer, indeed. The question has to be asked: if the Israeli military can't avoid crushing civilians while it's actually physically driving one of these monstrosities, how much better will they do trying to operate them by remote control? And of course, whether or not the operator is in the bulldozer or far away matters little for Palestinian families whose homes are destroyed, olive trees uprooted, and agricultural land razed by Caterpillar equipment. Help us stop Caterkiller as their annual shareholder meeting approaches by clicking here. Help us ensure that our activism is better than the Killdozer cast's acting.