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Winter Soldier: a powerful testimony against the Vietnam War

by Ron Senchak
Issue No. 2019

A still from Winter Soldier

A still from Winter Soldier

This is the film about the investigations held in Detroit by the Vietnam Veterans Against the War into the war crimes carried out by the US on the people of south east Asia during the Vietnam War.

The US wars in south east Asia claimed the lives of four to five million people.

This movie was produced just months after the revelations of the My Lai massacre, where 300 people - old men, women and children - were murdered by US soldiers.

This is the story of the GIs own experience of the occupation and war in Vietnam.

What is striking is the humanity of the soldiers who are prepared to speak out against the country whose uniform they wore in the jungles of Vietnam.

They tell a chilling story of the routine violence they were submerged in. The soldiers testify about the terrible situations they were involved in, pushing the enemy out of helicopters, the unforgettable sight of the effects of weapons of mass destruction on a civilian population.

This is a moving account of the violent outcome of the occupation of Vietnam.

All foreign occupations are the basis for atrocity. The logic of invading and occupying someone else’s country means that your attitude towards the people is distrust. They become dehumanised. Everyone is part of “the enemy”. From Vietnam to Iraq the situation is the same.

Winter Soldier and the Winter Soldier Investigations came out of the anti-war and peace movement of the 1960s and 1970s.

This film has a resonance today. We have seen the emergence of an even bigger peace movement against imperialism. Military Families Against the War has come out of the peace movement in Britain.

These ordinary people are speaking out against the lies and the wars that have claimed there loved ones. They are part of the tradition that developed against the war in south east Asia. Winter Soldier is the soldiers’ testimony against war. Winter Soldier needs to be seen.

Ron Senchak was in the US navy during the Vietnam War

Winter Soldier

7pm, Thursday 28 September, Friends House, Euston Road,
London. Introduced by George Galloway MP and Ron Senchak.
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Sat 23 Sep 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2019
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