Veterans recall horrors of war in live broadcast

Boston Globe

03/16/08

Liz Jackson’s eyes were fixed on a screen showing a live broadcast of anguished testimonies by Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans describing what they had seen and done during their combat tours. Jeffery Smith recalled how his Army unit beat and humiliated Iraqi prisoners. Former Marine Bryan Casler recounted how fellow Marines urinated and defecated into food and gave it to Iraqi children. Former Marine Matthew Childers talked about how he used to humiliate Iraqi civilians during predawn raids on their homes. When he described turning away an Iraqi father who was asking American troops to help the badly burned baby he carried in his arms, Jackson began to weep silently. ‘These soldiers are saying: ‘I’m complicit,” said Jackson, 29, a community organizer from Cambridge. ‘But every American citizen who saw this happen and isn’t out there protesting is complicit. I include myself’...

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