As Jeanette Fitzsimons pointed out to me New Zealand is not complicit in the illegal war in Iraq, but if the US treats it’s own soldiers like this is there any reason to believe they are acting different in Afghanistan were the situation is quickly deteriorating. So why does New Zealand still have soldiers in that Illegal war of Aggression and why is this not an issue in the up coming election? I suggest that we spread this around, and call for the peaceful and orderly withdrawal of our troops from Afghanistan.
Sgt. Kristofer Shawn Goldsmith was one of the many soldiers and Marines, veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, who gave testimony at last weekend’s Winter Soldier investigation. They spoke from personal experience about what the American military is doing in those countries. They gave examples of what they had done, what they had been ordered to do, what they had witnessed, how their experiences had wounded them, both physically and psychically, and what kind of care and support they have, or most often have not gotten since coming home. The panel Goldsmith was on was called “The Breakdown of the U.S. Military,” so he surprised the audience when he said that he was going to talk about prisoners of war.