“These were people. These were human beings.
I’ve since been plagued by guilt anytime I see an elderly man like the one who couldn’t walk, who we rolled onto a stretcher and told the Iraqi police to take him away.
I feel guilt anytime I see a mother with her children like the one who cried hysterically and screamed that we were worst than Saddam as we forced her from her home.
I feel guilt anytime I see a young girl like the one I grabbed by the arm and dragged into the street.
We are told we are fighting terrorists. The real terrorist was me and the real terrorism is this occupation.
…Without racism soldiers would realize that they have more in common with the Iraqi people than they do with the billionaires who send us to war.
I threw families onto the street in Iraq only to come home and find families thrown onto the street in this country in this tragic, tragic and unnecessary foreclosure crisis.
We need to wake up and realize that our real enemies are not in some distant land and not people whose names we don’t know and cultures we don’t understand.
The enemy is people we know very well and people we can identify. The enemy is a system that wages war when it’s profitable.
…Our enemy is not 5,000 miles away. They are right here at home.“
Short excerpt of speech by US Army Iraq War Veteran Mike Prysner. Watch the full length speech and wake up to the truth.
Peace on earth.
Mike joined the US Army when he was 17, between his junior and senior years in high school. He left for basic training in June 2001 and was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division in Fort Drum, NY. In March 2003, his company was attached to the 173rd Airborne Brigade to take part in the initial invasion of Iraq.
“I left this Army with a new understanding of the system under which we all live and the nature of US foreign policy. But, I still had the same drive to fight for freedom, justice and equality as I did when I joined and I understood that fighting for those things meant fighting against the US government, not on behalf of it.”
Upon separating from the US Army in 2005, Mike became an active organizer with the ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism), mobilizing for mass anti-war demonstrations. In 2009, he and other veterans and active-duty troops formed the organization, March Forward! to build the anti-war and social justice movement within the military and among veterans.
He can be reached at www.MarchForward.org
Iraq Veterans Against War http://ivaw.org/