Support our Troops: 250 Veterans reveal the truth about Iraq and Afghanistan in a six-part web series

THIS IS WHERE WE TAKE A STAND

This post is taken from the above link, 250 Soldiers stood up like John Kerry did at the Viet Nam hearings. Honor their service. Bring our soldiers home. You can read more at the link above. Their story below:

Where’s the debate?

In March of 2008, two hundred and fifty veterans and active duty soldiers marked the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq by gathering in Washington, DC, to testify from their own experience about the nature of the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq. It was chilling, horrifying, and challenging for all who witnessed it. Against tremendous odds, they brought the voices of the veterans themselves into the debate. That was then.

This is now. Today, we present to you This is Where We Take Our Stand, the inside story of those three days and the courageous men and women who testified. And we present this story today, told in six episodes, because we believe it is as relevant now as it was one year ago. Maybe more.

THE FULL STORY:

Zollie Goodman, Winter Soldier: Iraq | Afghastan Participant

Zollie Goodman, Winter Soldier: Iraq | Afghastan Participant

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Zollie says, “I think a lot of good soldiers are going to keep taking orders. I don’t think they’re orders that they want to take, and I don’t think they’re gonna do things that they want to do. But they’re going to continue to do them until they’re asked not to. This is destroying you and me, and it takes away any chance we have of a normal lifestyle.”

This is Where We Take Our Stand – The Series
Where’s the debate?

Are we watching passively while Barack Obama carries out the same policies as George W. Bush?

When an American bombing raid this May killed over two hundred civilians in a village in Afghanistan, it was met with a deafening silence. When Obama’s promised “withdrawal” from Iraq leaves 130,000 troops there for at least two more years and 50,000 permanently, it’s hailed as an end to the occupation. And who is demanding to know just what the mission really is when 30,000 more troops are sent to Afghanistan?

Where’s the debate?

In March of 2008, two hundred and fifty veterans and active duty soldiers marked the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq by gathering in Washington, DC, to testify from their own experience about the nature of the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq. It was chilling, horrifying, and challenging for all who witnessed it. Against tremendous odds, they brought the voices of the veterans themselves into the debate. That was then.

This is Not Human Nature (watch video here) from Displaced Films This is now. Today, we present to you This is Where We Take Our Stand, the inside story of those three days and the courageous men and women who testified. And we present this story today, told in six episodes, because we believe it is as relevant now as it was one year ago. Maybe more.

Here is our challenge to you: Watch the series; spread it far and wide; and ask yourself is this about the past, or the present and future. Then add your voice.

If you are a veteran or active duty, present your own testimony. If you are not, but you are still a living, breathing member of the human race, then do whatever you can to join and fan the flames of debate.

David Zeiger, Director of Sir! No Sir!
Bestor Cram, Director of Unfinished Symphony
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2 Responses to “Support our Troops: 250 Veterans reveal the truth about Iraq and Afghanistan in a six-part web series”

  1. Tricia Says:

    Where are all of the stories you share on this blog on the MSN? It’s like they don’t even know there are wars going on. But if pretty blonde gets kidnapped, it’s headlines until they find her (which isn’t to say I don’t feel bad about that sort of thing either, but it’s the balance. Way off!)

  2. 25outof25centralasia Says:

    Tricia:

    Thanks for your comment on the 250 Soldiers story.
    We are fed Deficits, Economic Collapse, Job Losses,
    State Governments FAILING, Cities budgets crumbling
    but it is all TIED TO OUR ONE TRILLION DOLLARS spent
    in Iraq and Afghanistan. It goes to what products are being
    produced for the war effort? Who gets the profits?

    The military doesn’t want the wars to end. They get “battlefield promotions”, and have a “War” to fight, what they’ve been trained to do (Staff Sargents and above). If the war ends, they go back to the bases and their paper pushing jobs, and rank upgrades slow way down.

    The industry we have (over 55 BILLION ARMS SOLD BY the U.S. to other countries, over half of all arms sold by all countries) is a War industry. These numbers do not count what the U.S. buys to kill Iraqi’s, Afghani’s or Pakistani’s, and others around the world.

    Obama is trapped. If he pulls out, the natural course of events on the ground will be major battles between groups, and in the end, we will have The Islamic States of the Gulf and Central Asia. Just like Saigon is now HoChiMin City. If he stays, more people will die. If you can’t get it right in EIGHT years, it shows that this is the wrong path to be on. It all started with the Durand Line, dividing Afghanistan from British India in 1903 (or so). Other British divisions divided whole nationalities (the Kurds are in four countries now, over 40 Million people without a country of their own). Who would put up with this shit?

    So I put up a story or two a day about some news we should know about but no one in the U.S. will read (or very, very few), hoping others pick it up and put it out, but it is hard to get a reading audience for DOWNER news. That’s how it keeps going.

    Thanks for your comments Tricia.

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