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*Support Winter Soldier: Iraq & Afghanistan Investigation *

They saw it for themselves, now --with your support-- they'll tell it for themselves.

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 testify to their first hand experiences and reveal the
truth of occupation.

This investigation will help end the war because it will:

1. Embolden GI resistance by making the truth of their experiences an acceptable part
   of the national dialogue. Further, the DVD created at this conference will be a powerful
   educational tool on the history of GI movements and will encourage independent thought    and collective action.

2. Mobilize the anti-war movement by demonstrating the power of organized opposition and
   providing the facts needed to confront the myths propagated by the administration,
   congress and the media. IVAW will also present its strategy of organizing GIs to encourage
   the anti-war movement as a whole to support GI resistance.

3. Build solidarity between the common peoples of the US, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
   The people who suffer the most from this occupation will be given a voice and a view into    our struggle to end the unlawful occupation of their countries. Through this event, IVAW
   hopes to build lasting ties with the common people of Iraq and Afghanistan.

4. Shape the way this history is told to future generations. Without a concerted effort to
   dispel the myths and sugar coated images of the U.S. occupations, future generations will
   never know the realities of war.
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5. This project provides you with the opportunity to feel the deep satisfaction of contributing to
   laying the building blocks of an extremely meaningful movement. The best way for us to       prevent the wars looming on the horizon is for people to collectively stay on the offensive
    against the current wars.


Click on this link http://www.ivaw.org/wintersoldierstatmentofsupport <http://www.ivaw.org/wintersoldierstatmentofsupport> to sign the statement of support below


   We Support the Troops Who Oppose the War

In 1969, the My Lai massacre helped fuel popular opposition to the Vietnam War. U.S. political
and military leaders insisted that such crimes were isolated exceptions. Members of Vietnam
Veterans Against the War knew differently.

In January of 1971, over one hundred Vietnam Veterans gathered in Detroit to testify their
experiences to America. Their testimony, called the Winter Soldier Investigation, revealed that
atrocities were systemic and responsibility laid at the highest levels of government.
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The U.S. Government lied to get us into war and continues to conceal the true nature of military occupation.

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 the effort to reveal truth in the way that only those who lived it can.

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David Swanson is the author of "When the World Outlawed War," "War Is A Lie" and "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union." He blogs at http://davidswanson.org and http://warisacrime.org and works for the online (more...)
 

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