Speaking Event: Iraq War - Ten Years, Who's Counting?
Accounts from the Front Lines of Iraq & Afghanistan with Haider Hamza, Aaron Glantz and Antonia Juhasz.
Haider Hamza, Aaron Glantz and Antonia Juhasz are the three journalists each expertise in different areas of the war. They will share their stories and analysis of the war and its aftermath with respect to the costs to all its veterans, Iraq, Afghan and American.
March 19th is the 10th anniversary of the commencement of the war in Iraq, a war that ended quietly in December 2011 and was quickly and deeply forgotten by many. Its consequences, though, are farreaching and very present. As we reach the watermark of a decade since the war began, it seems a fitting time to have a frank discussion of what the war has wrought for those who have participated in it. For the veterans of this decade of war and occupation, it is far from over. Every single person in Iraq is a veteran of the war. Until there is reliable infrastructure, competent and noncorrupt governance, an environment cleared of biohazards and munitions, and sophisticated healthcare, the war cannot begin to end for the people of Iraq. More than two million U.S. service members are veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.
They came away from the experience with severe physical, mental and moral wounds that they will be coping with and overcoming for a lifetime, often with woefully inadequate support from the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration. The war wages on at home as well, through mass incarcerations, surveillance profiling, and the militarization of our communities. The war in Afghanistan is of course not over and there are many who advocate for a continued US military presence after 2014.