Interview with US Iraq war veteran Matt Howard

In this video, US Iraq war veteran Matt Howard speaks at UCLA on April 11th 2007 as part of the Mission of a Generation Tour.

By Patrick O’Connor:

Former US Marine Matt Howard speaks with WSWS

“No-one is talking about the real violence”

Former US Marine Matt Howard, a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, toured Australia last week, speaking at a number of antiwar meetings as well as demonstrations in Sydney held during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit. Howard, 26, was a 7-tonne driver in the Marine Corps’ 1st Tank Battalion during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He served a second tour of duty in 2004.

Before speaking with the World Socialist Web Site, he addressed last Saturday’s protest in Sydney.

“George Bush, my commander in chief, arrives this week from the Green Zone in Iraq to the Green Zone in Sydney for APEC,” he told the demonstrators. “He comes with an entourage of over 800 personnel, this city has been shut down, barricades have been thrown up everywhere.

“Everywhere Bush travels he has to erect a fortress to protect himself. What the hell is this man so afraid of? I’ll tell you what he’s afraid of—he’s afraid of the people. He’s afraid of the 75 percent of Americans who disapprove of his leadership and the 90 percent of the world that disagrees with his brutal foreign policy. He’s afraid that the people also know that there would never be boots on the ground in Iraq if there wasn’t oil under the ground in Iraq. He knows that we ultimately have the power to stop the war…

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