IVAW Tries the Memory Hole Bit…
It doesn’t work.
About two months ago, I wrote this:
I’ve read passing references to these vile plans for awhile, and like some half-remembered bad dream I’ve tried to ignore them, maybe hoping IVAW wasn’t really planning what headlines implied. But today John linked them and I finally read their website. Until that point, I’d thought “Winter Soldier” was merely critics’ characterization of the plans [not the actual name].
I suppose there’s consolation to be found in this: 1) They don’t seem to realize they will destroy any goodwill non-IVAW-member veterans might have had for the organization and its members, and 2) They’re making their intentions and ideological allegiances crystal clear to the rest of us. [snip]
There are no words to express my disappointment and rage at what I fear is to come…
What could the “vile plans” have been that provoked such a response in me? Well, if you click that “these” link in that quote today, this is what you’ll find:
The four-day event will bring together veterans from across the country to testify about their experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan – and present video and photographic evidence. In addition, there will be panels of scholars, veterans, journalists, and other specialists to give context to the testimony. These panels will cover everything from the history of the GI resistance movement to the fight for veterans’ health benefits and support.
Cool! Except for the “GI resistance movement” part, it sounds a lot like a Milblogger Conference.
Except that’s not what it said on January 19, 2008 when I first wrote about Winter Soldier II.
The rest at my place.