Episode One: For Those Who Would Judge Me

March 13, 2008: As hundreds of veterans and over a thousand supporters gather just outside Washington, DC for three days of testimony, the pressure is high and questions intense. How is the testimony verified? What will people think of veterans and soldiers for being here? What good will this do? Without hesitation Geoff Millard (US Army National Guard), Steve Mortillo (US Army), and Adam Kokesh (US Marine Corps) respond to “those who would judge me” with a clear purpose and their chilling stories.

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

10 thoughts on “Episode One: For Those Who Would Judge Me

  1. Episode Release Schedule!…..could not link to venue screening 1st episode..
    Our VFP chapter (112) is interested in having/hosting/or screening these episodes in or around the Calif. Central coast much like Pasadena City College did.recently….. In Solidarity, Joe

  2. Good work, David. Doesn’t make happy viewing but this stuff needs to be heard and debated. Liz

  3. These episodes are only being aired online at the This Is Where We Take Our Stand site. There are no official venues. Thanks for the support.

  4. Having trouble with quality of sound/video – very choppy. Are there settings for getting better quality? Anyone else having this problem. I am using high speed cable and mac. Very happy to see this getting out!

  5. Thanks for putting this together. It was great to see these vets tell their stories and what an important story. I hope everyone that views it is able to send onto others to help spread the word. The debate really needs to happen. We may be in the midst of one of many ongoing wars if the U.S. wants control of the oil resources. How many must suffer and die, ie.vets, civilians, families, friends…

  6. There’s no good or easy answer to this. The stories these vets tell bring back the memories of the impact on us lucky civilians during the Vietnam War — or at least those of us who only listened and advocated for peace and didn’t face the dangers of the war or the losses at war of people we loved. That was a terrible time. The last 8 years have also been terrible and there seems to be no end in sight. Iraq, Afghanistan … and where next? We shouldn’t keep on there, but what would be the fallout if we simply up and leave? We vote with hope for someone we think will find a way of ending the situation, and he gets caught in mire in ways that we can’t understand. But yes … keep on telling your experiences.

  7. It is pretty clear to one who has not been there, that you all were doing what you were ordered to do (under rules of engagement) or what you had to do in a split second decision. War is not good when our government occupies a sovereign nation and puts our soldiers in the positions that you experienced. Howard Zinn, a noted author and professor says ‘there is no flag big enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people’.
    Thanks for telling your stories, and thanks for serving in Iraq under the ideals of defending our constitution. Your stories are important to this country. We can only hope that these occupations end soon, and that we can have peace.
    You may not think you are heroes, but you are outstanding Americans to come forward with your views. Don’t stop, please!

  8. Another wonderful and inspiring project from my old friend David Zeiger. The similarities of Vietnam and Iraq bring back haunting stories of my three tours in Vietnam.

    Great job David.

    Dave Rabbit
    Radio First Termer
    Saigon, Vietnam 1971

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