February 23, 2007
Volume 35
Issue 08
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Anti-war film makes for stimulating evening
Anti-war film makes for stimulating evening
by Rajkhet Dirzhud-Rashid - SGN A&E Writer

The Ground Truth
The Center for Social Justice
February 16th
Sponsored by International Socialist Organization

Last Friday, while some folks were out enjoying early Mardi Gras celebrations, myself and a small group of socially conscious anti-war activists and two veterans--one from Iraq, and the other from Afghanistan (who are both now members of Iraq Veterans Against the War, Seattle Chapter) -- watched an intense, but worthy film on the Iraq war.

The footage, of veterans from the current conflict in Iraq, speaking about their experiences was spliced with some, at times, hard to watch, graphic footage from the war itself. Some of us cried, including the vets and, afterward, people discussed a plan to build a movement to stop not only the current war itself, but stop president Bush's wrong-headed plans for a troop surge.

Channan Suarez-Diaz (president of the Seattle chapter of IVAW) expressed his sorrow for what he and other soldiers had been asked to do while serving in the battle zone, and said he was determined to see no other young people have to suffer the lingering effects of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), that he now has. Michael, the other vet who recently joined IVAW, told of how he has had to struggle to get the benefits owed to him, and of the '120 day' rule--this being how long it takes from start to finish of filling out paperwork.

The International Socialist Organization, who sponsored the screening and discussion, plans other actions against the war, and picketed Senator Maria Cantwell's home in Edmonds last Monday. Cantwell, though a Democrat, has been a backer of the current war and, some feel, not vocal enough against the planned troop surge. If you missed these events, but want to join with thousands of others who opposed the current administration's plans to continue this war, and possibly move into Iran, there will be a huge anti-war demonstration on March 18th, at Westlake plaza. March 18th is the four year anniversary of when Bush first called for an invasion of Iraq and troops were sent over.

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