US War Veterans to Speak Publicly About War Crimes


This video from ITV in Britain is called Iraq Haditha Massacre Shocking Story of Marines Killing.

By Aaron Glantz:

US War Vets to Speak Publicly About War Crimes

SAN FRANCISCO — U.S. war veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan have announced they’re planning to descend on Washington, DC this March to testify about war crimes they committed or personally witnessed in Iraq.

The war in Iraq is not covered to its potential because of how dangerous it is for reporters to cover it,” said Liam Madden, a former Marine and member of the group Iraq Veterans Against the War. “That’s left a lot of misconceptions in the minds of the American public about what the true nature of military occupation looks like.”

Iraq Veterans Against the War argues that well-publicized incidents of American brutality like the Abu Ghraib prison scandal and the massacre of an entire family of Iraqis in the town of Haditha [see also here] are not the isolated incidents perpetrated by “a few bad apples,” as many politicians and military leaders have claimed. They are part of a pattern, the group says, of “an increasingly bloody occupation.”

“This is our generation getting to tell history,” Madden told OneWorld, “to ensure that the actual history gets told — that it’s not a sugar-coated, diluted version of what actually happened.”

Iraq Veterans Against the War is calling the gathering a “Winter Soldier,” named after a similar event organized by Vietnam veterans in 1971.

The Vietnam veterans’ named it after a quote by eighteenth century revolutionary Thomas Paine about “the summer soldier”.

The story of the GI coffeehouses during the Vietnam war: here.

5 thoughts on “US War Veterans to Speak Publicly About War Crimes

  1. Winter Soldiers: Iraq and Afghanistan

    On the weekend of 13-15 March, 2008, Iraq Veterans Against the War will assemble history’s largest gathering of US veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as Iraqi and Afghan survivors. They will provide first hand accounts of their experiences and reveal the truth of occupation.

    We support Iraq Veterans Against the War and their Winter Soldier: Iraq & Afghanistan Investigation. Join us in supporting their efforts to reveal truth in the way that only those who lived it can, by signing the statement of support:
    http://www.ivaw.org/wintersoldierstatmentofsupport

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  2. Haditha charges dropped against Marine officer

    Tue Jun 17, 2008 1:58pm EDT

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A military judge on Tuesday dismissed the charges against a U.S. Marine officer accused of failing to investigate the death of two dozen civilians at Haditha, lawyers in the case said.

    Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani was one of eight Marines charged in the November, 2005 incident and the highest ranking officer accused of wrongdoing. The accused ringleader, Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich, still faces court martial.

    (Reporting by Dan Whitcomb, Editing by Sandra Maler)

    http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSN1737763420080617?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews

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