Winter Soldier hearings – a prelude

The first Winter Soldier hearings were held in 1971 and sponsored by Vietnam Veterans Against the War and other anti-war groups. Today will be the first of 4 days of Winter Soldier hearings concerning the Iraq and Afghanistan occupations.

As a prelude to this event, I thought it might be interesting and valuable to view part of the hearings from the original event. My understanding is that the format will be the same and all testimony will be recorded. For a list of sources to view or listen to the proceedings go here.

The stories you will hear on these two videos are horrifying but true. Keep in mind that these men were, almost without exception, 19 and 20 years old when they witnessed or took part in these events. Watch the lack of emotion, the absence of feeling. It is an almost universal byproduct of that war for veterans.

I have a feeling that what we will see and hear over the next 4 days at the current Winter Soldier hearings will be very much the same. Without further ado, I give you Part 1 and Part 2 of 5 parts. Winter Soldier – 1971.

cross posted at The Impolitic

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One Comment on “Winter Soldier hearings – a prelude”

  1. Buffalo Says:

    If they wanted you to have emotions they would have been issued.

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