Veterans of Wikileaks “Collateral Murder” Incident Speak Out

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April 14, 2010 by Tariq Khan

Here’s a message I just got from Fire in the Hole — April 13, 2010.  Hey all, we have been working around the clock to support Josh and Ethan and help get their story out. Please see below, FWD this message, and stay tuned to our website (www.civsol.org) for updates. -Ryan

In the last 3 days, 2 veterans of the company involved in the Wikileaks”Collateral Murder” shooting, with the full support of us here at the Civilian-Soldier Alliance, have stepped forward to speak their truths about the incident and condemn the war. Hear their April 13th interview on Baltimore’s Marc Steiner Show here:http://steinershow.org/radio/the-marc-steiner-show/april-13-2010-segment-2

Ethan McCord, of Kansas, is seen in the infamous video rescuing a wounded girl from the van that U.S. forces had destroyed. He has come forward to ask people to place blame with those who led the country to war, not those who had to carry the war out, and to express his remorse for those innocents killed. Ethan told us that he lives with the memory of those children everyday. 

Ethan’s command called him a “pussy” and yelled at him for rescuing them, and he was threatened by his command when he requested mental support after the incident. Josh Stieber, who spoke in Baltimore Saturday, right before the video was released, was deployed to New Baghdad with Bravo Company 2-16 as well, but was not at the scene of the incident. He is speaking to tell the world that these situations are everyday occurrences in these occupations; “If these videos shock and revolt you, they show the reality of what war is like,” says Stieber. “If you don’t like what you see in them, it means we should be working harder towards alternatives to war.” They will soon take their message to the world. Until then, check out some of these news links, and stay tuned to http://www.civsol.org for updates on their work.

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