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Top Customer Reviews
Someone said: those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. Well, this is the history we forgot, and are now repeating. What is worse, having our young people offered up as cannon-fodder for hailburton, or turning them into murderers and torturers at Haditha, Abu Grahib and how many other places? This film illustrates how it all happened before just as it's happening now.
I disagree with the Amazon reviewer who finds the film artless and boring after an hour. It's a differenet aesthetic, not trying to zap you or entertain, but build a slow cumulation of facts. It does get more and more depressing but that's the point. And the best part of the film is the last section, which focuses on Scott Camil, and delivers a small message of hope: this man has re-evaluated his humanity, and has changed for the better. (BTW, Camil is the infamous VVAW 'terrorist' John Kerry failed to turn in for supposedly proposing to bomb something or other in some meeting -- interesting to look at the real person here...) The point is that as individuals and perhaps as a nation, even though we may have done horrible things, we can find a redemption by coming clean, coming correct, and witnessing for peace and justice.
125 soldiers testified at the Winter Soldier hearings. Their stories of rape and torture and random killing so terrified the Nixon Whitehouse that a "plumbers" type group was set up to discredit them. The only piece of information to come from that thorough investigation was the fact that Al Hubbard was an enlisted man and not an officer. No, he didn't say he had served in Vietnam, in fact he didn't testify at the Winter Soldier hearing at all. A 30+ year orchestrated disinformation campaign has managed to turn one miniscule fib into a complete slander of 125 honorable veterans.
Winter Soldier isn't about valor or lack of valor. It is about war and what happens in war. It should be required viewing for each and every Congress Member, each and every time they vote from the comfort of their chambers to send young people into the depths of hell. It should be required viewing by every American before we spend one more penny on Iraq or even consider another mission unaccomplished in Iran. War is a failure of civilization, not the means by which we expand it.
At the Vietnam Wall memorial in Washington one can talk with the veterans of that war. Whether or not they were a part of the protest movement, or were supporters of that war, the effects of the rape of a country are with them still.
We will have many more ravaged souls after the current conflict ends.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic documentary. Must simply be seen and experienced for yourself. Takes veterans from the Vietnam war and tells their stories through the most traditional way of story... Read morePublished 15 months ago by lgs
If you really want to make a Vietnam vet angry TRY to get them to watch this FRAUD.
The VVAW, (Vietnam Veterans Against the War), was a a communist front group whose... Read more
Shortly after the so called Winter Soldier trial took place in Michigan. It was debunked as a fraud by NY Times investigative journalist Neil Sheehan as a complete fraud. Read morePublished on October 27, 2013 by Sgt. Rock
First the young men give their full names, spelling out first and last. Then they state which unit they served with, in Viet Nam. These are U.S. Army and Marines. Read morePublished on May 19, 2013 by V. R. Padgett
Having spent almost 6 years in the military during Viet Nam I'm really sick and tired of all the non-military types trying to dig up dirt and portray soldiers as murderers and... Read morePublished on August 7, 2009 by Seen Them All
I am rather fond of invoking, especially in writing of the American Revolution that we have just again celebrated, Tom Paine's little propaganda piece in defense of that revolution... Read morePublished on July 4, 2008 by Alfred Johnson
Sure, some soldiers committed crimes in the Vietnam war. BUT, don't let their professed behavior cloud your perspective into believing it was widespread amongst all combat units. Read morePublished on July 8, 2007 by harry44callahan
Soldiers testifying about their actions during the Vietnam War. Mandatory viewing for anyone interested in the war, or war in general.