Everybody knows that the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows – Leonard Cohen
[Includes broadcast of interview with US war veteran, Vince Emanuele, on PShift 4ZZZ at Noon Friday 12 July 2013]
In 2004 and 2005, not far from the Syrian border near a railway station in an western province of Iraq US marines fired indiscriminate rounds into passing trains containing Iraqi people travelling with cargo. The marines knew not where the trains had come nor where they were going. They did not care. Their mission was vague – to keep an eye out for IEDs – improvised explosive devices. They raided homes and terrorised the population. Yet they were far from any oilfields that motivated the occupation by the US government.
Ten years on, Vince Emanuele tells a chilling story about a war forgotten and a country still under siege. The whole region is now paralysed with conflict and despair, where American strategic interests keep feeding a civil war in neighbouring Syria, and supports a 50 year occupation of Palestinian land and a merciless war against the people of Gaza by Israel. Democratic rights are denied people from Saudi Arabia to Gaza, from Cairo to Damascus.July 12 (fri): Planning for Peace- Australian lessons from the Iraq War
Place: Qld Council of Unions, 16 Peel Street South Brisbane
Time: 6:30 for a 7pm start.
Speakers: Vince Emanuele – Iraq Veterans against War
Dr Alison Broinowski – representing the Campaign for an Iraq war Inquiry
MC: Ron Monaghan – General Secretary of the Qld Council of Unions
More information: Annette Brownlie Just Peace/IPAN 0431597256
Vince is a former US Marine of two tours to Iraq who refused to go again by laying down his weapon.
He is now organiser for the Michigan chapter of Veterans for Peace and serves of the National Board of Directors of Iraq Veterans against the War .
He hosts the Veterans Unplugged radio program on Radio WIMS, Michigan.
Info on Vince Emanuele events in Australia: www.peacebus.com/StandFast/VinceNatMedia2013.html