Saturday, November 11, 2017

Veterans Day: Restrepo, Winter Soldier (video)

Militarized U.S. law enforcement trades tactics with the Israeli military and police. This worsens Israel’s illegal occupation and makes U.S. police more violent (

Restrepo (Part 1) is a 2010 documentary film about the illegal US war on Afghanistan, directed by American journalist Sebastian Junger and the late British-American photojournalist Tim Hetherington.
Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan Eyewitness Accounts

( "...In spring 2008, inspired by the Vietnam-era Winter Soldier hearings, Iraq Veterans Against the War gathered outside Washington, DC and testified to atrocities they committed and/or witnessed while deployed in the US occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq.

What CIA/ISI did in Bamiyan, Afghanistan
This recording captures the powerful words and images of this historic event. Well-publicized cases of American brutality like the Abu Ghraib Prison torture scandal and the massacre of an entire Iraqi family in the city of Haditha are not isolated incidents. Instead, they are the logical consequences of U.S. war policy. 

Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan preserves and honors the participants' courageous contributions in or to ensure that people around the world remember their stories and struggle. The one hour edited video features 13 veterans from three days of testimony given by over 70 men and women who participated in war in Iraq and Afghanistan. The footage addresses such issues as the U.S. military's callous disregard for civilian life, the torture of detainees, the culture of racism inherent in a military occupation, gender discrimination, and the health crisis facing today's veterans..." See also
  • War is a Crime ( Combat is a criminal enterprise known as war, illegal under the Kellogg-Briand Pact, the UN Charter, and other laws, and immoral under a proper... Nevertheless, meet the new war, same as the old war:

Photo by US Army photographer Ronald L. Haeberle, March 16, 1968: aftermath of US soldiers' My Lai massacre showing  women and children they raped and murdered.

Winter Soldier
Good old days: Marine drill instructor abuses new recruits for decades with impunity (AP).
Believe me, guys, I love war and signing drone execution paper more than Trump.

U.S. General Smedley D. Butler spells it out: scam
In February 1971, one month after the revelations of the American massacre of My Lai Village, Vietnam, an astonishing public inquiry into US war crimes committed by American forces in Vietnam was held at a Howard Johnson Motel in Detroit.

The Vietnam Veterans Against the War organized this event called the "Winter Soldier Investigation." More than 125 US veterans spoke of atrocities they had committed or witnessed.

War is peace. Just ask George Orwell.
Though the event was attended by press and television news crews, almost nothing was reported to the American public. Yet, this unprecedented forum marked a turning point in the anti-war movement. It was a pivotal moment in the lives of young vets from around the country who participated, including the young John Kerry. The Winter Soldier Investigation changed him and his comrades forever. Their courage in testifying, their desire to prevent further atrocities and to regain their own humanity, provide a dramatic intensity that makes seeing Winter Soldier an unforgettable experience.

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