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Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan: Eyewitness Accounts of the Occupations
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Aside from the Iraqi people, nobody knows what the U.S. military is doing in Iraq better than the soldiers themselves. A new book gives readers vivid and detailed accounts of the devastation the U.S. occupation has brought to Iraq, in the soldiers' own words.
"Winter Soldier Iraq and Afghanistan: Eyewitness Accounts of the Occupation," published by Haymarket Books Tuesday, is a gut-wrenching, historic chronicle of what the U.S. military has done to Iraq, as well as its own soldiers.
Four days of searing testimony, witnessed by this writer, is consolidated into the book, which makes for a difficult read. One page after another is filled with devastating stories from the soldiers about what is being done in Iraq.
Everything from the taking of "trophy" photos of the dead, to torture and slaughtering of civilians is included.
"We're trying to build a historical record of what continues to happen in this war and what the war is really about," Glantz told IPS.
Glantz admits that it would be difficult for the average U.S. citizen to read the book, and believes it is important to keep in mind while doing so what it took for the veterans to give this historic testimony.
"They could have been heroes, but what they are doing here is even more heroic -- which is telling the truth," Glantz told IPS. "They didn't have to come forward. They chose to come forward."
This book is essential reading.
If true, hey are guilty for not upholding their own moral responsibilities as servicemembers and that of the people around them.
Finally, many of hte items discussed are just plain wrong and against the TTP's (tactics, techniques and procedures) we follow. One example was "running over bodies", which is an absolute lie. An enemy TTP was to booby trap said corpses and roadside items, and no Soldier worth their salt would active drive over a potential IED.
Don't slander the 3% of Americans who serve in uniform with acknowledging this extreme minority of anecdotes as representing a voice for us.
BTW, I stole Sadaam's gold, really I did.... and ALL my fellow Soldiers did the same (see, it's easy to make up a lie about your combat tour....)
If you go to the IAVW website, you can watch the video testimonies of what is in this book.
If you say you want to show your support for the men and women serving our country, buying, reading and sharing this book is one way to do it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's rather telling this propaganda piece trying to throw a monkey wrench in vital US policy uses Winter Soldier as a reference in its title. Read morePublished on December 10, 2012 by John A. Lucier
Many of the stories are about not being able to receive VA benefits, some about sexual discrimination, a couple about racism, etc. Read morePublished on June 23, 2011 by Army Strong
With all of my heart, I wish I could force every person in the world to read this book. So many people are afraid of the truth. Read morePublished on September 14, 2010 by Ms. Jennifer Black
This book is so touching and I have a different view of our government now. This book is so sad, and it had me crying too. Americans need to help stop the war.Published on December 3, 2009 by Denise-marie Jaramillo