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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

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Memorial Day Special - Democracy Now! -
Winter Soldier on the Hill:
War Veterans Testify Before Congress
War veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan went to Capitol Hill last year to testify before Congress to give an eyewitness account of the horrors of war. “Winter Soldier on the Hill” was similar to the Winter Soldier hearings in March of 2008, when more than 200 service members gathered for four days in Silver Spring, Maryland to give their eyewitness accounts of the injustices occurring in Iraq and Afghanistan (and Detroit 1971 VVAW's testimonies of the atrocities of Vietnam War) was designed to drive home the human cost of war and occupation. “Winter Soldier on the Hill” in 2008 testified to the very people in charge of doing something about it.

Winter Soldier on the Hill
With a new administration in power, after we voted for change, concerning war policies, the question is... Did we get what we voted for? Of course, Barack Obama is different from Bush, but is the difference enough concerning the wars in Irag and Afghanistan. Is simply moving the war from one to the other what we voted for? When 25% of the homeless are war veterans, and still with 18 U.S. veterans a day committing suicide, along with the continuation of war crimes, we can't just look away and simply fall inline with our government's war policies.

We must always question and reject destructive policies, and we must recognize the most effect propaganda slogan of all time, "SUPPORT THE TROOPS" because it is used for any war, at anytime, for any reason. It is effective because it turns our attention away from the real questions of whether or not we support our government's policy of war. To say that someone doesn't care about the soldiers because they want to end a war is completely absurd. And, to think that our government only goes to war for just reasons is naive and stems from a selfish perception and desire to want to believe that our own country could never get that bad. But of course, the peace movement is not that naive, but we must engage ourselves in conversation with those who are, without being condescending. They will eventually realize that being American doesn't mean having blind faith in anything, be it religion, unregulated markets, or the increasing militaristic authoritarian corporate rule.



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http://ivaw.org/wintersoldier
http://ivaw.org/wintersoldier/testimony/video
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