On this day, 3-19-08, the 5th anniversary of the Occupation of Iraq, some may attend the thousands of candlelight vigils around the country.
Some may have other vigils of remembrance planned.
Some may write of their feelings.
Some may have other ways to observe and remember the Fallen and Maimed of our Military and the Tens of Thousands of the Innocent Killed and Maimed and Millions thrust into refugee status due to our countries Failed Policies.
Some may do nothing.
U.S. Deaths Confirmed By The DoD: 3988
Reported U.S. Deaths Pending DoD Confirmation: 2
DoD Confirmation List
I have a request that I would ask any and all reading this to please do.
This past weekend an Important Historical Event took place, War Comes Home – Winter Soldier II
You can listen to the testimonies Here with photo’s and much more. You can view a number of Video’s, of the testimonies, at The Real News Network along with other outstanding News updates from Iraq. You can also find the testimony Video’s at the site of the Iraq/Afgan Veterans who organized the Truth of Occupation -IVAW as well as much more, along with the ability To Support and Help As They Grow
They have given their Testimonies, those Testimonies, though not carried nor reported as they should have been by the mainstream media, are now in the record as Audio, Video, and Transcripts.
All that is needed now is to get them into the Congressional Record as were the Winter Soldier Investigations of 1971
Immediately following the WSI, Senator George McGovern and Representative John Conyers announced that they were calling for congressional investigations based on the testimony. This announcement was received with skepticism by the veterans, but VVAW representatives agreed to meet with McGovern and Conyers.
The Iraq/Afgan Soldiers who testified requested that a Congressional Investigation be held, most, if not all, who testified this past weekend, also the 40th Anniversary of the My Lai Massacre, which in part sparked the first ‘Winter Soldier Investigations’, are more than willing to bring their testimonies in front of The Peoples Congress to be Sworn in, Under Oath, as the first ‘Winter Soldier’ to bring better understanding to those who don’t serve, have never served, nor lived in theaters of conflict occupations, the Realities of War, Especially Wars of Choice, Not Need!
These testimonies, like the first ‘Winter Soldier’, cover a wide veriaty of issues as to the military, spoken or understood policies of a combat theater of operation, treatment of returning veterans, treatment of female veterans, hazing within the ranks, treatment of civilian populations, possible atrocities, possible war crimes, what War Is!
Many of us have written our congressional representatives requesting a Congeressional Investigation and Hearing on the testimonies given and any more that will come forward from these failed foreign policies of civilian and military leadership.
I ask that those reading take a few minutes and Also Write, or Call your own Congressional Representatives and request same, to get the sworn testimonies into the public record, The Congressional Record of Fact!
I’m not quite done yet, with my request to you, though:
Once again small groups have come forth, even before the testimonies started, they were calling these Brave Soldiers, of whom these groups say they ‘Support’, Fakes and Liers, Verbally Spitting on the troops, as happened after Vietnam! Two of these groups, a tiny contingement, 30 to 40 people, of ‘eagles up’, i.e. ‘gathering of eagles’, or whatever next weeks name might be, and ‘move america forward’ were there, outside of DC this past weekend, speaking the same talking points to the few who would listen, there’s a few interview video’s at The Real News Network that will give you the inside to their ideology.
Most of those that start these groups have been doing so for alot of years, mostly since ‘Nam, they claim proof of their rethoric yet when confronted for some reason that ‘proof’ can’t be produced, words of anger and hate are the only thing used.
I would further my request, as many of us all ready have done, that you include these groups, any others you might know of, and those using todays technology passing the same rethoric of false claims and slander to be included in the Congressional Investigation and Hearings!
If they have any first hand proof, of their slanderous charges, than it should be Finally Placed into the Public Record for All To See, to vent, and to dispel!
Let us close the door on this form of Verbal Spitting, especially on the Military Troops they claim to Support, as these troop return home, repeating what was done to us ‘Nam Vets, speaking and living the experiances of War that these groups haven’t.
Have them testify along side those who have served and are more than willing to archive their testimonies into the public record!
Please contact your representatives today, and over the next couple of days, and request that congress open investigations and hearings ASAP!!