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AUDIO - Panel on anti-Iraq War movement, 10 years on

category international | anti-war / imperialism | other press author Wednesday March 20, 2013 11:58author by Audioauthor address London, England Report this post to the editors

Event was held in London, Fri March 15th. 2013

10 years after the start of one of the most contested wars in modern history, dissident island radio (London) assembled a panel of seasoned anti-war activists who have been active in opposing the Iraq war.
http://tinyurl.com/c9pog98

10 years after the start of one of the most contested wars in modern history, dissident island radio assembled a panel of seasoned anti-war activists who have been active in opposing the Iraq war.
http://tinyurl.com/c9pog98

MILAN RAI, author of War Plan Iraq and Regime Unchanged, breaker of sanctions on Iraq (three pre-2003 delegations to Iraq with Voices in the Wilderness UK), organiser of direct action against the Iraq War, imprisoned for two weeks for refusing to pay a fine for a spraypaint protest against the 2004 assault on Fallujah, now a co-editor of Peace News, just returned from peace delegation to Iran.

CIARON O'REILLY is a long term member of the christian anarchist Catholic Worker movement. He is presently based at Giuseppe Conlon House Harringay that offers shelter to destitute refugees. His recent activism has centred around solidarity with Bradley Manning and Julian Assange presently pursued by the U.S. government for exposing the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan. Ciaron served 13 months in U.S. prisons for the ANZUS Plowshares disabling of a B52 on the eve of the 1991 Gulf War. In the late '90's he served 5 months jail in Darwin/ Australia for disabling mining equipment at the Jabulika uranium mine site. He was acquitted along with the Pitstop Plougshares of the 2003 $U.S. 2.5 million damage of a U.S. warplane en route to the invasion of Iraq at Shannon Airport/ Ireland. Recent Vice Magazine interview with Ciaron: http://tinyurl.com/bkuzjbe

JIM BRAND, a member of the Steering Commitee of the Stop the War Coalition. (Bio to be updated soon)

author by Real Newspublication date Wed Mar 20, 2013 12:14author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Published on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 by The Real News

Michael Ratner: The New York Times and "Liberal Media" Helped Sell the Iraq War

The NYT and other "liberal" commentators led the way in selling the WMD myth and justified the Iraq war; their mea culpas ring hollow
http://tinyurl.com/c4ddzlm

author by commondreamspublication date Wed Mar 20, 2013 13:39author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The Last Letter

A Message to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney From a Dying Veteran

To: George W. Bush and Dick Cheney
From: Tomas Young

I write this letter on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War on behalf of my fellow Iraq War veterans. I write this letter on behalf of the 4,488 soldiers and Marines who died in Iraq. I write this letter on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of veterans who have been wounded and on behalf of those whose wounds, physical and psychological, have destroyed their lives. I am one of those gravely wounded. I was paralyzed in an insurgent ambush in 2004 in Sadr City. My life is coming to an end. I am living under hospice care.

I write this letter on behalf of husbands and wives who have lost spouses, on behalf of children who have lost a parent, on behalf of the fathers and mothers who have lost sons and daughters and on behalf of those who care for the many thousands of my fellow veterans who have brain injuries. I write this letter on behalf of those veterans whose trauma and self-revulsion for what they have witnessed, endured and done in Iraq have led to suicide and on behalf of the active-duty soldiers and Marines who commit, on average, a suicide a day. I write this letter on behalf of the some 1 million Iraqi dead and on behalf of the countless Iraqi wounded. I write this letter on behalf of us all—the human detritus your war has left behind, those who will spend their lives in unending pain and grief.

I write this letter, my last letter, to you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney. I write not because I think you grasp the terrible human and moral consequences of your lies, manipulation and thirst for wealth and power. I write this letter because, before my own death, I want to make it clear that I, and hundreds of thousands of my fellow veterans, along with millions of my fellow citizens, along with hundreds of millions more in Iraq and the Middle East, know fully who you are and what you have done. You may evade justice but in our eyes you are each guilty of egregious war crimes, of plunder and, finally, of murder, including the murder of thousands of young Americans—my fellow veterans—whose future you stole.

Your positions of authority, your millions of dollars of personal wealth, your public relations consultants, your privilege and your power cannot mask the hollowness of your character. You sent us to fight and die in Iraq after you, Mr. Cheney, dodged the draft in Vietnam, and you, Mr. Bush, went AWOL from your National Guard unit. Your cowardice and selfishness were established decades ago. You were not willing to risk yourselves for our nation but you sent hundreds of thousands of young men and women to be sacrificed in a senseless war with no more thought than it takes to put out the garbage.

I joined the Army two days after the 9/11 attacks. I joined the Army because our country had been attacked. I wanted to strike back at those who had killed some 3,000 of my fellow citizens. I did not join the Army to go to Iraq, a country that had no part in the September 2001 attacks and did not pose a threat to its neighbors, much less to the United States. I did not join the Army to “liberate” Iraqis or to shut down mythical weapons-of-mass-destruction facilities or to implant what you cynically called “democracy” in Baghdad and the Middle East. I did not join the Army to rebuild Iraq, which at the time you told us could be paid for by Iraq’s oil revenues. Instead, this war has cost the United States over $3 trillion. I especially did not join the Army to carry out pre-emptive war. Pre-emptive war is illegal under international law. And as a soldier in Iraq I was, I now know, abetting your idiocy and your crimes. The Iraq War is the largest strategic blunder in U.S. history. It obliterated the balance of power in the Middle East. It installed a corrupt and brutal pro-Iranian government in Baghdad, one cemented in power through the use of torture, death squads and terror. And it has left Iran as the dominant force in the region. On every level—moral, strategic, military and economic—Iraq was a failure. And it was you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney, who started this war. It is you who should pay the consequences.

I would not be writing this letter if I had been wounded fighting in Afghanistan against those forces that carried out the attacks of 9/11. Had I been wounded there I would still be miserable because of my physical deterioration and imminent death, but I would at least have the comfort of knowing that my injuries were a consequence of my own decision to defend the country I love. I would not have to lie in my bed, my body filled with painkillers, my life ebbing away, and deal with the fact that hundreds of thousands of human beings, including children, including myself, were sacrificed by you for little more than the greed of oil companies, for your alliance with the oil sheiks in Saudi Arabia, and your insane visions of empire.

I have, like many other disabled veterans, suffered from the inadequate and often inept care provided by the Veterans Administration. I have, like many other disabled veterans, come to realize that our mental and physical wounds are of no interest to you, perhaps of no interest to any politician. We were used. We were betrayed. And we have been abandoned. You, Mr. Bush, make much pretense of being a Christian. But isn’t lying a sin? Isn’t murder a sin? Aren’t theft and selfish ambition sins? I am not a Christian. But I believe in the Christian ideal. I believe that what you do to the least of your brothers you finally do to yourself, to your own soul.

My day of reckoning is upon me. Yours will come. I hope you will be put on trial. But mostly I hope, for your sakes, that you find the moral courage to face what you have done to me and to many, many others who deserved to live. I hope that before your time on earth ends, as mine is now ending, you will find the strength of character to stand before the American public and the world, and in particular the Iraqi people, and beg for forgiveness.

from:
http://www.commondreams.org/further/2013/03/19-6

author by DMCWpublication date Tue Mar 26, 2013 09:35author address author phone Report this post to the editors

AUDIO (26 mins) Ciaron O'Reilly - London CW radio interview on the Anti-Iraq War movement .. 26 min clip of O'Reilly's contribution to 2 hr program...

Link to Ciaron O'Reilly - London CW - excerpted 26 mins contribution
from the below 2 hr March 15th "Dissident Island" Radio program
discussion on the anti-Iraq War movement - the ongoing abandonment of
Manning & Assange in England:

AUDIO excerpt (26 mins)
http://tinyurl.com/ce7wjdm

 
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