Thursday, March 20, 2008

Five Years

Pushing thru the market square,
so many mothers sighing
News had just come over,
we had five years left to cry in
News guy wept and told us,
earth was really dying
Cried so much his face was wet,
then I knew he was not lying

- Five Years by David Bowie, 1972

If Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart had been born the day the United States began illegally bombing Iraq, he'd have already composed his Andante and Allegro in C by now. Then again, were he born in Iraq five years ago, chances are he'd be an orphaned refugee by now. Or, quite possibly, would have already been slaughtered by US troops or Blackwater employees eager to spread freedom with automatic weaponry.

There is so much to say and still no way to say enough. I urge everyone to familiarize yourselves with the Iraq Veterans Against the War project, Winter Solider. The project features testimonies from US soldiers who have served in the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan and have come home to give an "accurate account of what is really happening day in day out, on the ground." These courageous men and women are truly heroes.

Below is the Winter Solider preview video. Please go here to watch the numerous tragic and heartbreaking testimonies.


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