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 Post subject: Winter Soldiers to Testify Against War
PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 12:06 am 
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[url=http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/030108Z.shtml]Winter Soldiers to Testify Against War
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Thirty-seven years ago, in the midst of a bitter-cold Michigan winter, 109 Vietnam veterans gathered at a Howard Johnson Motel auditorium in Detroit to tell their stories. For three days, they told of ransacking undefended villages, attacking civilians, mutilating bodies, torturing Viet Cong suspects, burning houses, destroying Vietnamese property and livestock and killing innocent children. At the conference, entitled Winter Soldier, the veterans accepted responsibility and mourned for their actions. But, taken collectively, their words incriminated a much larger culprit: the war itself.

This year, from March 13 to 16, about 300 veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will follow in the footsteps of their predecessors, gathering for a second Winter Soldier conference, in Silver Spring, Maryland. Organized by Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) it will make up the largest gathering ever of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

Their mission? To tell the story of the war in the terms of those who have actually lived it.


READ MORE AT THE LINK.

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE DATES OF THIS CONFERENCE AND SEE IF YOU CAN PICK UP ANY COVERAGE OF IT.

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