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Winter Soldier 2008 Part Two & RIP Rachel

Cheney Five Years Ago: ‘We Will, In Fact, Be Greeted As Liberators’

And so from the spectre of the summer soldier who shrinks from the hard truths and his country’s crises, comes the Winter Soldier who will not look away.

Visit War Comes Home to Replay previous testimony, opening statements, transcripts and much more.

Visit IVAW – Iraq Veterans Against The War to Watch, online, and get further information.

Broadcast of todays testimonies, 3-16-08, begin at 10am ET

Stand for Peace – Fifth Anniversary of Iraq War

Cross posted from DailyKos.

Please join me in a protest against the war.

On March 19, 2003 (US time), the US invaded Iraq on a search for “Weapons of Mass Destruction” – the first of many excuses claimed by the Bush Administration for this illegal war.

On the five year anniversary of that invasion, I ask you to join me in protest.

More over the jump.

Focus On War: Call for Submissions

March 16-22 Docudharma is doing a week-long Focus on War.  This is a pilot project  – an experiment in collective blogging.  

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Mar 16

Mar 17 Something The Dog Said

Mar 18 dharmasyd

Mar 19 MouseOfSuburbia

Mar 20 meteoriot

Mar 21 pinche tejano

Mar 22 Militarytracy

Call for Submissions:

Anyone who wants to write an essay that has anything to do with war can participate.  All you have to do is include the “Focus On War” tag in your essay.     Essays with Action are particularly encouraged:   give us some reasons to write LTEs, contact Congress, or to support an anti-war candidate or your favorite charity. Yell Louder!!!

Here are some more ways to contribute:

To submit war-related artwork, YouTubes, blogs & websites, and causes that are worthy of donations, please go to one of the following.  

Thanks to all for participating!

War Blogs & Websites

This is the place to recommend blogs that are specifically related to war. Links to other war websites and resources are welcome too.  

  • No limit on submissions.  Post as many as you want.

  • Please include the name and URL of the site.

Compiled List:

Voices in Wartime

Poets Against War

Worthy Causes

This is the place to post charities, organizations and other causes that are anti-war or that provide support for troops, veterans, and military families.  Refugee relief agencies and anti-war political candidates are some other ideas.

  • Provide a link to the Donation page for the charity or organization.
  • Vouch for the donee – explain why you think people should give money to them.

Art Gallery

This is the place to post art, poetry, photography, or audio recordings about war.  

  • No limit on submissions! Post as many as you want.

  • Artwork should be original, fair use, creative commons, or public domain.  Or expressly permitted by artist.  
  • If not original, an attribute and/or link to the artist is best practice.
  • Do not link directly to images on other sites. Save pictures and upload them to your own image host.
  • For bandwidth sake, please no YouTubes here.  There is a separate Gallery for video.
  • Images should be max. 500 pixels in width.

YouTube Gallery

This is the place to post YouTubes about war.  

  • One video per comment please.
  • Indicate the title of the video in the subject line and the artist in the text.
  • Include a statement of why you chose the video if you wish.    

WINTER SOLDIER 2: Hearings for 5th Annivesary of War

Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) will have hearings, reports and testimonials from the women and men who have fought in this war.  All three days of hearings will be broadcast on several outlets including, Pacifica FM Radio, warcomeshome.org, and speak peace tv.

Pacifica’s schedule is:

  Friday, 3/14 ….. 9AM to 7PM EDT.    Saturday, 3/15 ….. 9AM to 7PM EDT

                           Sunday, 3/16 …… 10AM to 4PM EDT  

More information and on-line streaming at kpfa or on war comes home, linked at kpfa.

The first Winter Soldier hearings were in early 1971 during the Vietnam war.  It was a forum where combat troops could voice their disillusionment at having found themselves in a crazy and illegal war.  Like today, Winter Soldier gave troops a safe environment to express their guilts, fears and anguish at participating in a war where atrocities were committed, where it felt like some wrongs had to be committed just to survive.

The name “Winter Soldier” comes from Thomas Paine in 1776:

These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.

When I first listened to the Vietnam Winter Soldiers, years ago, it felt as if my soul was ripped apart, but ripped apart in a necessary, righteous, imperative way.  I knew I must understand what these wars do to our soldiers, to the “enemy” and to all of us.  The hearings were a step toward healing.  They were also a major factor in raising awareness about the conflict.  Two other actions flowed from the Winter Soldier hearings: Dewey Canyon III, A Brief Incursion into the Country of Congress, and troops tesitfying at congressional hearings.  

Dewey Canyon III was named after an illegal invasion into Laos called Operation Dewey Canyon (I & II) where American troops met the NVA (North Vietnam Army regulars) and suffered heavy casualties.  Dewey Canyon III was a very powerful and effective action where troops camped for days on the capitol mall, and threw their medals back on the capitol steps.  As one vet said, while throwing his medals back —

I’m not proud of these medals.  I’m not proud of what I did to receive them.  A whole year, we never took one prisoner alive.  Just wasted them.

As for Winter Soldier I:

It is impossible to describe to you exactly what did happen in Detroit – the emotions in the room, and the feelings of the men who were reliving their experiences in Vietnam. They relived the absolute horror of what this country, in a sense, made them do.”

In one of the most famous antiwar speeches of the era, Kerry concluded: “Someone has to die so that President Nixon won’t be – and these are his words – ‘the first president to lose a war’. We are asking Americans to think about that, because how do you ask a man to be the last man to die in Vietnam? How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?

Since it is imperative that we:

         End the madness of War     and     Create the Sanity of Peace

It is also imperative to have as much information as possible and to do everything we can to reverse this course.  Bush has called for a war without end.  We must counter with a peace movement without end.  In a preview of this Winter Soldier II, one vet expressed this perfectly, saying that when a war ends, the peace movement just picks up and goes home; we must not do that again.  The peace movement must remain, ever vigilant, saying “No” again and again to any and every threat of permanent war.

Winter Soldier Begins Today, Live Coverage Begins Tommorrow

Posted on: March 13, 2008 – 5:27am by Aaron Glantz

Winter Soldier Iraq and Afghanistan kicks off in Washington, DC today, with hundreds of veterans of the two wars descending on the National Labor College in Silver Spring, Maryland to talk about what they saw, and did, in the name of America. Pacifica radio will be carrying the proceedings live beginning at 9am Eastern tomorrow morning. Audio will be streamed live from Warcomeshome.org and kpfa.org until 4pm EST on Sunday.


We’re going to shut down the IRS! MARCH 19, 2008

It’s important to be reminded that innocent and precious lives are being needlessly lost right now and every day until we stop it.  I know there are no high-priced hookers involved (as far as I know) or super delegates or anything like that but this senseless war is five years old now.  It’s bad enough that we initiated such a stupid catastrophe in the first place.  That we haven’t ended it by now five years later is a crying shame.  

We have a responsibility for this war, a responsibility to do something about it.  If you take your responsibility in this regard seriously and have been thirsting for an opportunity to do something about it, then please consider coming to Washington DC on March 19 to pitch in and help those of us who have had enough.


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