Cindy Sheehan: Welcome back to Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox. I’m your host, Cindy Sheehan. Today as we tape, it’s the five-year anniversary of when I camped out in Crawford, Texas, asking for a meeting with George Bush so I can ask him what noble cause he killed my son, Casey, for, and so many others. So today with the resistance to the wars for empire being so low, I thought I would bring on two models of resistance to talk about it. We’ll be speaking with Ethan McCord and Jud Newborn today.
Ethan McCord was in the U.S. Army and he is seen in the WikiLeaks Collateral Murder video of an incident that took place in 2007 that was exposed a few months ago. Ethan is the soldier who was running with the children out of the van.
Cindy interviews Ethan McCord, who became an unfortunate star of the Wikileaks “Collateral Murder” video, seen in the video carrying the wounded children from the bullet riddled van and Jud Newborn, PhD, co-author of Sophie Scholl and the White Rose, a companion volume to the recent Oscar-nominated German film, “Sophie Scholl: The Final Days.” (There’s a fascinating PDF Afterword to the book available here.) As the recent and newest Wikileaks revelations fade into undeserved obscurity – accepted and ignored by what was once an anti-war community – I feel I need to yell “WAKE UP” once again. So we’ve elected a new wearer of the Imperial Purple (mainly by virtue of NOT being George W. Bush). That doesn’t mean we can go back to sleep, and just wait for our problems to get fixed. The murder of civilians hasn’t stopped, the looting of our nation’s wealth by corporate arms-merchants hasn’t stopped, and the criminalization of dissent proceeds apace. Continue reading →
Ethan McCord, a former US soldier, has shown great courage and integrity by exposing and condemning US war crimes in Iraq.
McCord’s courage and integrity has nothing to do with his US army training. In fact, his virtue and trenchant humanity is in spite of his US army training which, he says, systematically tried to turn him into a cold-blooded killing machine bereft of any morals or conscience. (1)
What his testimony shows beyond any shadow of a doubt is that US involvement in Iraq has got nothing – nothing – to do with a “war on terror”. It is in fact a war of terror perpetrated on civilians: a war crime involving daily crimes against humanity. Continue reading →
“LETTER OF RECONCILIATION” TO IRAQIS INJURED IN ATTACK
Two former soldiers from the Army unit responsible for the Wikileaks “Collateral Murder” incident have written an open-letter of “Reconciliation and Responsibility” to those injured in the July 2007 attack, in which U.S. forces wounded two children and killed over a dozen people, including the father of those children and two Reuters employees.
Ethan Mccord and Josh Stieber deployed to Baghdad with Bravo Company 2-16 in 2007. Ethan was on the ground at the scene of the shooting, and is seen on the video rushing one of the injured children to a U.S. Vehicle; “When I saw those kids, all I could picture was my kids back home”. Ethan applied for mental health support following this incident and was denied by his commanding officer.