Winter Soldier: Iraq & Afghanistan
Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan was an event at which more than 200 U.S. military veterans and active duty soldiers, as well as Iraqi and Afghan civilians, provided accounts of their experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan. The event was inspired by the Winter Soldier Investigation of 1971. It was organized by Iraq Veterans Against the War, and held from March 13 to March 16, 2008, timed for the fifth anniversary of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, at the National Labor College in Silver Spring, Maryland.
The event was covered by The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, BBC World, Newsday, Democracy Now!, Stars and Stripes, The Real News, Slate, and Salon.com.
The Pacifica Radio network suspended regular programming for three days in order to air a live broadcast of the proceedings from March 14 through March 16, 2008, co-anchored by journalist Aaron Glantz, who has reported extensively on the Iraq War and its effects on veterans. Haymarket Books published a book of testimony from the event, Winter Soldier Iraq and Afghanistan: Eyewitness Accounts of the Occupations, co-authored by Glantz.
Aside from alternative media, coverage outside the United States was much greater than within the United States. Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting criticized the U.S. media, particularly the New York Times, for its lack of coverage, writing that, "given the common media rhetoric of 'supporting the troops'...to ignore these same troops when they speak out about the horrors of the war is unconscionable". New York Times public editor Clark Hoyt responded that the paper "had not been aware of the group or its meeting", but that even if it had been, it would not have reported on "charges and counter-charges at home by organizations with strongly held political viewpoints about the war".
- Winter Soldier: Iraq & Afghanistan. Iraq Veterans Against the War.
- Jamail, Dahr (September 19, 2008). "We blew her to pieces". Asia Times Online. Retrieved September 20, 2008. (A book review of Winter soldier, Iraq and Afghanistan: eyewitness accounts of the occupations by Aaron Glantz and Iraq Veterans Against the War.)
- Bica, Camillo Mac. When Morality Demands Winter Soldiers. An argument for the Winter Soldier hearings. Truth-out.org, February 4, 2008.
- Winter soldier testimonials on YouTube.
- Mike Prysner testimony on YouTube.
- Warriors Against War, a 12-minute documentary film by Matthew Hennessy
- As Vets Testify — Democrats and Big Media are Nowhere to be Found, by Matthew Hennessy
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- Vogel, Steve (March 15, 2008). "War Stories Echo an Earlier Winter". The Washington Post.
- "US War Vets to Speak Publicly About War Crimes", by Aaron Glantz, November 30, 2007
- Badkhen, Anna (March 16, 2008). "Veterans recall horrors of war in live broadcast". The Boston Globe.
- "Local veteran against war", by Rhoda Amon, Newsday (New York), March 13, 2008, p. A21 (available from Lexis-Nexis).
- Democracy Now! | March 17, 2008
- Democracy Now! | March 18, 2008
- Democracy Now! | March 19, 2008
- Veterans groups offer different views of conflict | Stars and Stripes
- Anthony Swofford, "Iraq Veterans Against the War", Slate Magazine
- "Will American war crimes be revealed?" Salon News
- "Pacifica Radio to Broadcast the Historic Winter Soldier Gathering"
- Winter Soldiers Tell Tales of Dehumanization – NAM
- Why Are Winter Soldiers Not News?
- "New York Times Explains Winter Soldier Blackout"
- War Is Not a Game: The New Antiwar Soldiers and the Movement They Built, by Nan Levinson