Iraq Winter Soldier Hearings: A Cry in Silence
Were it not for Amy Goodman's program on Pacifica
Radio - Democracy Now! - the Winter Soldier hearings
at the National Labor College/George Meany Center in
Named after the famous Winter Soldier hearings
from 1971 that focused on the real story of the Vietnam War,
the hearings at the
Noteworthy in those testimonies to which I listened
was the combination of fear and sorrow from the participants
in wars that should not have happened. As each day passes it
feels as if there is yet another revelation of how criminal
The Winter Soldier hearings, though, brought the war into one's living room, car or office. The voices that one heard were not those of policy analysts or military experts. They were not the voices of major politicians or media stars. They were the voices of the veterans of these wars, and in some cases their families, describing what it is actually like to fight in such conflicts and the toll that it takes upon arriving back home - if someone is lucky enough to arrive back home safely.
did not listen to the entirety of the hearings so I do not know
how many Black Iraq and/or
I could imagine a Black Winter Soldier-like hearing
examining issues such as these, not to mention the racist side
of the war IN Iraq and
While my hat goes off to Amy Goodman and the folks at Democracy Now! I found myself wondering whether Black radio stations ever thought to cover these hearings and whether, should we have Black veterans' hearings, they would cover those.
Bill Fletcher, Jr. is Executive Editor of The Black Commentator. He is also a Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies and the immediate past president of TransAfrica Forum. Click here to contact Mr. Fletcher.