VIDEO: Winter Soldier – Iraq and Afghanistan. Eyewitness Accounts of the Occupations (March 2008, Washington DC)

„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 witnessed while deployed in the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq. This video captures the powerful words and images of this historic event.

Well-publicized cases of American brutality like the Abu Ghraib prison 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 1 hour edited video features 13 veterans from three days of testimony given by over 70 men and women who served 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 that’s inherent in a military occupation, gender discriminations, and the health crisis facing today’s veterans.”

Learn more:

  • Winter Soldier, Iraq and Afghanistan: Eyewitness Accounts of the Occupations by Iraq Veterans Against the War, Aaron Glantz. Haymarket Books: Chicago, Illinois, 2008 (excerpts at Google Books)

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