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Extremely Powerful Video: 'Even The Troops Are Waking Up'Tim King Salem-News.com
"We were told we were fighting terrorists, the real terrorist who's me and the real terrorism is this occupation..."
(SALEM, Ore.) - Do you consider yourself pro-war? Watch this video and then answer that question again. It is likely to change. The intensity of a combat veteran turned anti-war can be serious. Not because of anger or loud words, but because of the credibility for having bore witness to the ultimate trick, the deadliest game.
If you don't know, the average front line soldier or Marine is very young. There are the hardened NCO's, sometimes they are 20 or 21. Some stay in the game but the problem for the war industry is that all too many grow up and realize what a tragic mistake they have made with their lives.
The recognition of that reality can be key for some veterans; as embracing the truth helps almost all people heal from their wounds, even those that are not visible.
It made me very sad to watch this video and hear the words and it reminded that the little I have seen of our tragic wars overseas; a few weeks in Iraq, a couple of months in Afghanistan, can raise a lot of doubt in your mind about the overall notion of war being a sound idea.
I can't imagine being in the military and going back again and again always for at least six months, usually twice that long on a single deployment.
This video by Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) features Mike Prysner:
Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines.
Tim holds numerous awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), first place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several others including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Serving the community in very real terms, Salem-News.com is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website. You can send Tim an email at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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