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GI Special 4D19: "Sir! No Sir!" Free DVD For Troops - April 19, 2006

In the 1960s, thousands of American GIs rebelled against the Vietnam War, changing the course of U.S. history and society. No film has ever told their story... until now. Are you or do you know someone serving in or in support of Iraq or Afghanistan? For a limited time only IVAW and Displaced Films is proud to offer 500 free copies of Sir! No Sir! to members of the military who are serving overseas. This award winning documentary uncovers the untold story of the antiwar movement within the military during the Vietnam era. To learn more about the film and watch the trailer, go to www.sirnosir.com ...


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GI Special 4D19: "Sir! No Sir!" Free DVD For Troops - April 19, 2006

Thomas F. Barton

GI Special 4D19: "Sir! No Sir!" Free DVD For Troops




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A U.S. soldier before a patrol in Baghdad, April 16, 2006.  U.S. troops have begun placing American flags on their windshields in order to distinguish their humvees from those used by Iraqi troops. (AP Photo/Jacob Silberberg)



Sir! No Sir!

Free DVD For Deployed Troops!

“If I Had Seen This Film While I Was In Iraq, Things Would Have Been Much Different”–Garett Reppenhagen, US Army Sniper And OIF Veteran


From: Tim Goodrich Co-founder, Iraq Veterans Against the War

To: GI Special

Sent: April 17, 2006 12:57 AM

Subject: For inclusion ASAP


In the 1960s, thousands of American GIs rebelled against the Vietnam War, changing the course of U.S. history and society.  No film has ever told their story... until now.


Are you or do you know someone serving in or in support of Iraq or Afghanistan?


For a limited time only IVAW and Displaced Films is proud to offer 500 free copies of Sir! No Sir! to members of the military who are serving overseas.  


This award winning documentary uncovers the untold story of the antiwar movement within the military during the Vietnam era. To learn more about the film and watch the trailer, go to www.sirnosir.com


To get your copy or have one sent to a relative or friend serving overseas, simply send an email to ivaw_west@ivaw.net with the following information:  Rank, Name, Unit, APO/FPO, and Email.


*All information will be kept strictly confidential and will not be shared with any other entity or organization





A Film About U.S. Troops Opposed To The Vietnam War:

“It May Be Understating Matters To Say That The Release Of ‘Sir! No Sir!’ Is A Timely One”


April 19, 2006 BY GENE SEYMOUR, Newsday Staff Writer


With barely a week having passed since a coalition of retired generals publicly called for Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's resignation because of his handling of the Iraq War, it may be understating matters to say that the release of "Sir! No Sir!" is a timely one.


David Zeiger's nonfiction chronicle of U.S. soldiers opposed to the Vietnam War practically dares its audience, wherever their place on the political spectrum, to find parallels between then and now. 


That's a big part of Zeiger's objective, but not, by any means, all of it.


An award winner at last fall's Hamptons International Film Festival, "Sir! No Sir" is submitted as an urgent corrective to what Zeiger and his subjects believe to be widespread amnesia about the role played in the anti-war movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s by men and women who served in the military.


Zeiger's film compresses as many of those oppositional voices as it can into 84 minutes, beginning with Howard Levy, who was court-martialed for refusing to train GIs for Vietnam, and Donald Duncan, an ex-Green Beret, who resigned from the military in 1966 because, when it came to fighting in Vietnam, "I was doing it right, but I wasn't doing right."


Many others followed their example, including Navy nurse Susan Schall, who flew a private plane over Bay Area military installations to drop leaflets promoting an anti-war demonstration; Louis Font, the first West Point graduate to refuse to fight in a war; and dozens of others who risked indictment, imprisonment or worse, both in the U.S. and abroad.


Though the history it covers is four decades in the past, "Sir! No Sir!" so vividly evokes the rage, passion and provocation of the era it chronicles that it feels up-to-the-minute.


Most trenchantly, "Sir! No Sir!" questions the authority of conventional wisdom that, to this day, places soldiers and protestors in the Vietnam era on opposing sides of a wide divide.


There may well be other voices - and other movies - that offer their own counterview to "Sir! No Sir!"  But they've got their work cut out for them.


Do you have a friend or relative in the service?  Forward this E-MAIL along, or send us the address if you wish and we’ll send it regularly.  Whether in Iraq or stuck on a base in the USA, this is extra important for your service friend, too often cut off from access to encouraging news of growing resistance to the war, at home and inside the armed services.  Send requests to address up top.






Texas Marine Dies


4.12.06 The Associated Press


DALLAS:  A Texas Marine has been killed in Iraq, the Department of Defense said Tuesday.


Cpl. Richard P. Waller, of Fort Worth, died Friday after being wounded during combat operations in Al Anbar province.


The 22-year-old Waller was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.


At least 203 Texas service members have been killed in Iraq since the war started in March 2003.



Georgia Soldier Killed


4/11/2006 (AP)


FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP)  The Army says a soldier from Georgia was among three members of the 101st Airborne Division killed in Iraq.


Officials at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, say 24-year-old Specialist David S- Collins of Jasper and Sergeant First Class Randall L-Lamberson of Springfield, Missouri, were fatally injured when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle during combat operations in Al Anbar Province on Sunday.


Collins died following the attack, and Lamberson died yesterday from his injuries.


The Fort Campbell officials say 22-year-old Specialist James W-Gardner of Glasgow, Kentucky, died in Tal Afar of a non-combat-related gunshot wound yesterday.


Collins is survived by his wife, Mara, and children, Elizabeth and James, of Fort Campbell; father, Jack Collins of Talking Rock, Georgia; and mother, Marsha Dean of Jasper. He joined the Army in January 2002.



Explosion Kills NH Soldier



Apr. 13, 2006 By CAROL ROBIDOUX, Union Leader Staff


Manchester:  Betty Vezina had a bad feeling she couldn’t shake, once she knew about her son’s mission in Iraq.


“When he told me he was going to be a cavalry scout, I just knew,” said Vezina, sipping coffee from a Styrofoam cup outside her Manchester home last night. “I just knew.”


Her son, 21-year-old Army Pfc. George Roehl Jr., was one of two U.S. soldiers killed Monday outside of Baghdad while on patrol when a roadside bomb exploded.


“I saw a picture of the vehicle on the news.  There was nothing left.  At least I know George didn’t suffer,” Vezina said.


Few details have been released by the military about the incident that claimed Roehl’s life. His mother said two Army representatives were waiting for her Tuesday when she got home.


“They didn’t have to say a word. I knew what it was,” said Vezina, leaning back on the hood of her car, her voice dissolving into tears. “But they said it anyway, because they have to. They told me my son was gone.”


Roehl was the oldest of five children, a 2003 Franklin High School graduate who taught himself to read before he entered school. He loved reading dictionaries as a kid, had a good sense of humor and excelled at video games.


He joined the Army a year ago because he wanted more for his life, said his mother. “It’s a family thing, his grandparents were in the military; all my kids are thinking of joining still, even my little girl,” she said.


Last night Vezina stood outside with three of her four remaining children — Benjamin, 17, Steven, 15 and Breanna, 11, receiving friends and relatives who came bearing gifts of fast food and doughnuts, offering words of encouragement and lingering hugs as word of Roehl’s death circulated.


Sara, 19, also lives in Manchester. “She’s the oldest daughter, my oldest now,” Vezina said.


As she talked about her son and the hopes she has held onto for his safe return, she recalls the pile of letters she never sent, for lack of a good mailing address.


“In them I just said, ‘I love you.  Please be careful.  Please be careful . . .’ But I never got to mail them.  I never got to give him his Christmas presents, either,” Vezina said.


Among them were a journal and some pens, something to help him cope with his dangerous surroundings, some snacks and baby wipes.


Vezina has been a single mom for a decade, juggling school and work and raising a family.  “They are good children,” said Vezina.  “All of them.  It hasn’t been easy, but that’s a fact of life.”


Although Roehl grew up in Manchester, he went to live with his father, George Roehl Sr., in Bristol, and finished high school in Franklin, Vezina said.


“He was going through some hard times; he was torn between two worlds, I think, but it was the best thing for him at the time,” she said.


Roehl was supposed to come home on leave in March, but that plan fell through, said his mom.  His next leave was scheduled for July or August.


“We kept the tree up for him, but I had my boys take it out back. Christmas is over,” Vezina said. “He died fighting for somebody’s freedom he didn’t even know,” she said, burying her head in her hands.


“He was fighting for people who couldn’t defend their own lives,” said Ed Roehl, of his nephew’s mission in Iraq. “George had the emotional struggle of being the man of the house for many years, and he found direction in the military.  You should be proud of that,” he said.


“I am proud. He gave the ultimate gift, his life. He died doing what he wanted to do,” Vezina said.


“George was a tough guy who never backed down for anything,” said Donna Roehl, Ed’s wife. Their son, Edward, joined the Marines around the same time his cousin went into the Army. Right now he is serving somewhere in Fallujah, said his mother. The family lives in Weare.


“I don’t know how to reach him to tell him about his cousin. I spent four hours online today trying to find a way,” she said.


“A lot of these young kids go in to show their pride, but I don’t think they realize the full extent of what it means,” said Ed Roehl.  


“Whenever I talk to my son, I know he’s trying to be so brave, but I hear it in his voice.  He’s scared.”



Two U.S. Soldiers Wounded By Baghdad Bomb


April 18 (KUNA)


Two US soldiers were injured when a bomb exploded as they passed by in Al-Qadisiya district in Baghdad.



Northern Marianas Soldier Wounded


18/04/2006 Radio Australia


A soldier from the Northern Marianas has been seriously wounded in a bomb attack in Iraq.


The Marianas Variety says Private Joshua P Stein has been flown to Germany for treatment after an apparent improvised explosive device attack.


The United States continues to recruit new military personnel from the Northern Marianas, a US territory.







Welcome To Liberated Afghanistan:

A Government Of Drug Dealers


4.17.06 San Francisco Chronicle


Persistent allegations of drug links have dogged some of Afghanistan's most powerful figures, including several provincial governors, cabinet ministers and the president's own brother.


At least 17 members of the newly elected parliament have active links to the trade, according to a study by the Afghan Research and Evaluation Unit, a Kabul think tank. The most serious charges hover over Gen. Muhammad Daud, the deputy interior minister for counternarcotics, who is reputedly a player in the trade he is supposed to be destroying.









The casket of Cpl. Brian St. Germain of West Warwick, R.I., at the Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery in Exeter, R.I., April 12, 2006.  The 22-year-old Marine was killed in flash flood in Iraq on April 2 . (AP Photo/Joe Giblin)



The Angry Generals:

Hypocrisy In Action


4.18.06 Thomas Lipscomb, Philadelphia Inquirer


A senior fellow of the Annenberg Center for the Digital Future writes that the question really is not whether Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld should resign.


He has already tried to quit several times and had President Bush tear up his letters of resignation; he clearly is taking responsibility for his actions on a continuing basis.


But now that a galaxy of flag officers' stars are demanding his resignation, no one seems to have bothered to ask which, if any, of these generals had ever submitted his own resignation in protest against the conduct of the Iraqi war, or the bumpy transition we are locked in now.



57% Of Americans Think The United States Will Not Win In Iraq:

Bush War Approval Rate At 32%


April 17, 2006 By E&P Staff, EDITOR & PUBLISHER


NEW YORK:  A report on a new Gallup poll released today shows that President Bush approval rating on his handling of Iraq is now at 32%, tied for the lowest rating Gallup has measured.


The survey, taken April 7-9, also shows that 57% of Americans think the United States will not win in Iraq.


In a surprise, the new poll found that 44% of Republicans now back withdrawing some or all troops from Iraq.  The number for all Americans, 64%, is higher, but the fact that better than 4 in 10 Republicans back this idea is notable.


Indepedents are tracking much closer to Democrats on all issues related to Iraq.


In another finding, 57% of Americans say it was a mistake to send troops to Iraq, while 42% say it was not.  Since December 2005, either a plurality or majority of Americans have said it was a mistake.


The breakdown on the troop pullout question is: 36% say to withdraw "some" troops, while 28% want to withdraw all troops.



Israeli Troops Rebel:

Abandon Northern Post

Entrance to post on northern border abandoned by rebelling soldiers.  (Photo: Effie Shrir)


[Thanks to Max Watts, who sent this in.]


04.17.06 Ynet


Soldiers furious over rejection of their benefits leave post located opposite Hizbullah post during military operations.


A protest that broke out at battalion 51 of the Golani brigade ended Sunday with a rebellion of dozens of soldiers, who left their post during military operations on the northern border, despite the Hizbullah post located opposite them.


Soldiers said that the rebellion broke out after senior company personnel insisted on canceling benefits due to them, due to their status as senior army staff, according to their claims.


The anger accumulated by soldiers against their commanders had been building up for a while, but what caused them to abandon the post was an incident which took place on Saturday.


In the morning hours, beds of ultra-Religious soldiers were found sprayed with shampoo.  In response, the commander of the battalion called in six soldiers who were in the post overnight and informed them: "One of you did this, if you don't give me his name, you will all be punished."


On Sunday morning, the six soldiers were supposed to report to the regiment commander, but the soldiers left the post instead with the rest of their friends from the company, who are veteran soldiers.


The soldiers and their friends who joined them in a sympathy protest took a bus to the town of Kiryat Shmona, but senior company personnel chased them in order to return them to the post.


A chase developed in Kiryat Shmona after staff from the military headquarters of the regiment joined in, leaving the post almost completely abandoned.


During the chase, the commanders caught one soldier, while others hid on the roof of a building being constructed.  The cat and mouse game continued when the escaped soldiers continued to hide in a nearby public park, but they were found their company commander, who mobilized the regiment commander, his deputy, and others who took part in the chase.


At this stage, soldiers ended their attempts, and commanders who arrived at the area spoke to them and demanded that they return to their post.


During talks with commanders, the soldiers explained that that they had a year to go before their release from the IDF, and that the rebellion was launched due to a failure to deliver the benefits owed to them due to their status.


They also said that despite being on the northern border for two months, they are forbidden to sing the company song or raise flags and signs showing their status as veteran soldiers.


The soldiers were also annoyed that even senior-ranking members were included in kitchen work.



Harlem Grandmas Hit The Warpath Over The War




Fed up with a war they call "unjust," grandmothers in the city are taking to the streets.


Armed with canes and loudspeakers, a crowd of more than 40 grandmothers, great-grandmothers and even a few grandfathers gathered outside an Army recruiting station in Harlem yesterday to protest the war in Iraq.


The Harlem Grandmothers Against the War in Iraq chose tax day specifically to protest, citing that the war has already cost U.S. taxpayers more than $26 billion.  That's money, they say, that could and should be used to fund community health care, housing and education programs.


"It is unconscionable that most of our tax money goes to killing people in other countries while our community in Harlem lacks the bare essentials of housing and medical care," said Vinie Burrows, a great-grandmother.  "The war in Iraq translates itself into a war against the poor."


Several grandmothers spoke at the peaceful rally, which began outside the Harlem IRS office and culminated across the street in front of the Army recruiting station.


Former Harlem City Councilman Bill Perkins, one of the organizers of the event, had harsh words for the current presidential administration.


"Current policy is undermining both the safety of our country and the promise of America," said Perkins, himself a 57-year-old grandfather.  "We need this money to help our children get a better education, to provide accessible health care and better services for our seniors."


Police stood watch while the group held up signs and chanted their own versions of popular protest sayings.  Passersby were greeted with a chorus of grandparents belting out, "The grandmas, united, will never be defeated!" and "Listen to your grandmas, bring the troops home!"


The 150-member group is part of Grandmothers Against the War, a national organization that holds demonstrations around the country.  The Harlem-based group has also held a vigil in support of the troops every Wednesday night outside Rockefeller Center since the war began in 2003.







(Graphic: London Financial Times)


Assorted Resistance Action


April 18, 2006 & Reuters (Xinhua) & (KUNA) & AP


A bomb exploded under a car in eastern Baghdad, killing at least two policemen.  The bomb targeted a police patrol in the neighborhood of Suleikh, police Capt. Ali al-Obeidi said.


A bomb exploded Tuesday at a Baghdad cafe frequented by policemen.  The bomb at the cafe was originally believed to have been placed under a car, but it was actually hidden underneath a couch.  Tables and

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