Episode Three: Why We Fight

Flashback to January, three months before Winter Soldier. How do you bring hundreds of veterans to Washington DC, to tell their stories? An IVAW national planning meeting reveals sharp differences among the members. Is the point of Winter Soldier to show how these wars are hurting America, or the destruction America is bringing to the people of Iraq and Afghanistan? Is the goal to strengthen the military, or weaken it? Despite the differences, a deep unity is built because, as Geoff Millard declares, the bottom line is “No one can hear our stories and still support this shit.”

This is Where We Take Our Stand – The Series

Where’s the debate?

Are we watching passively while Barack Obama carries out the same policies as George W. Bush?

When an American bombing raid this May killed over two hundred civilians in a village in Afghanistan, it was met with a deafening silence. When Obama’s promised “withdrawal” from Iraq leaves 130,000 troops there for at least two more years and 50,000 permanently, it’s hailed as an end to the occupation. And who is demanding to know just what the mission really is when 30,000 more troops are sent to Afghanistan?

Where’s the debate?

In March of 2008, two hundred and fifty veterans and active duty soldiers marked the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq by gathering in Washington, DC, to testify from their own experience about the nature of the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq. It was chilling, horrifying, and challenging for all who witnessed it. Against tremendous odds, they brought the voices of the veterans themselves into the debate. That was then.

This is now.  Today, we present to you This is Where We Take Our Stand, the inside story of those three days and the courageous men and women who testified. And we present this story today, told in six episodes, because we believe it is as relevant now as it was one year ago. Maybe more.

Here is our challenge to you: Watch the series; spread it far and wide; and ask yourself is this about the past, or the present and future. Then add your voice.

If you are a veteran or active duty, present your own testimony. If you are not, but you are still a living, breathing member of the human race, then do whatever you can to join and fan the flames of debate.

David Zeiger, Director of Sir! No Sir!

Bestor Cram, Director of Unfinished Symphony

5 thoughts on “Episode Three: Why We Fight

  1. I have spent every moment of my time since 2006 separating the public’s view and perception of “War” and “Soldier”. I have been successful to a large degree because now the majority of the public knows, and has now become my trademark, that “You Don’t Have To Support A War, To Support The Troops”. David Zeiger’s newest documentary series since “Sir! No Sir!” is a wonderful insider’s look into what a soldier goes through on a daily basis in a war zone. The decisions that he is forced to make and the memories that will follow him, based upon his actions, until the day he dies.

    Dave Rabbit
    Radio First Termer
    Saigon, Vietnam 1971

  2. I’m from Serbia, remember that small country in southern Europe that you bombed in ’99?

    You’ve been throwing bombs at us, bombs with uranium & similar “human” elements. You destroyed our hospitals, bridges, schools… All of them as military aims. Number of people with cancer increased for a grate rate. We’ve had an inner conflict in the southern part of our soil with some guys who tried (and with your help accomplished their goal) to get independence, and take 15% of our land. What made us YOUR foreign enemies? Thousands of miles away from you, with population of barely 10 000 000 citizens?! But yet you’ve raped us. And most of you do not even know where we are, or haven’t heard for us at all.

    Anyway, ten years have passed.
    I strongly support ALL of you who are not blinded with some stupid stories from your leaders about fighting for the U.S. all around the world (and actually killing people for oil).

  3. And yes, I forgot to mention that we’ve shot and “landed” your STEALTH F 117 :)
    The pilot survived, so take this is a funny part :)

    What I’ve really wanted to say is that the U.S. army made the BONDSTEEL (on that occupied land of hours), which is the biggest U.S. military camp in this part of the world. Imagine Mexicans taking away Texas from you by bombing you for two and a half months and making the biggest army camp out of Mexico, on your land.

    So once again, keep fighting for right cause, stop these f..king wars.
    Regards from Europe.