The election of the Democrats to a majority in Congress in 2006, despite their promises, did nothing to end the war, rather they co-signed it as they have repeatedly voted in Bush’s war budgets as they voted for the war itself in 2002. And they are running to end the war in 2008?
All this and there has been no anti-war movement in my town, nor much of anywhere else, for some time. Iraq has slipped from the headlines as the economy tanks and the election horse race pushes the news out of the news. Still, events will happen around the country in the next week to mark the occasion and talk about what to do next.
I went to see Winter Soldier on campus last night as one of those events. I had seen it before, but alone. It was a different experience to see it with other people. Some of the language of the time passed by a few members of the audience, but by and large it left the small, but respectable audience looking pretty shattered. Unfortunately I had to run out before the discussion so missed folks reactions.
I first saw it when it was re-released some years ago. I’m not of the Vietnam generation and I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Not because I didn’t believe what the people in the film were saying, but because I couldn’t believe I was seeing them say it. I grew up in the shadow of Vietnam, but the language around the war had changed not long after its close as the waves of revolt receded into what became the end game of the Cold War. To see it is a brutal relief from the revisionism of that war and the anti-war movement and the current wars that reign today. If it has been on your list for a while and you haven’t gotten to it yet now’s the time, it’s as frank a condemnation of the truth of imperialism as I’ve seen.
Into this weekend there will be a gathering at the National Labor College just outside DC of Iraq and Afghanistan war vets to discuss their experiences. Tagged Eyewitness Accounts of the Occupations KPFA will carry the hearings live on line and over the air all weekend. Throughout the country other vets and family members will be connected by a live feed. The findings will then be released. The truth of these wars is still far from known, it promises to be harrowing for all involved. Here is the Iraq Veterans Against the War page on the hearings. Below is an introductory video produced by IVAW. The real deal folks.
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