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Winter Soldier Europe

March 14, 2009
Freiburg, Germany

See below an appeal for the upcoming Winter Soldier Europe event to be held in Freiburg, Germany on March 14, 2009. USC4P&J supports the efforts of soldiers working to get the word out on what is happening in Iraq and Afghanistan. We encourage those of you who can help in any way (see below) to contact the organizers at ivaw.germany@gmx.net.

See also a press release on the event.

More information as well as the poster for the event on the Winter Soldier Europe web site.

We will also hold a fundraiser for
Winter Soldier Europe at our
film screening on March 5, 2009

Chris Capps-Schubert
European Coordinator IVAW (Iraq Veterans Against the War)
ivaw.germany@gmx.net

December 11th, 2008

Winter Soldier Europe

In early April of 2009, leaders of NATO nations will meet in Strasbourg to discuss the current status of their military forces, plan for greater coordination and cooperation of their military forces in the future, and most importantly discuss the new strategic direction of NATO in which policies of preemption and prevention of threats are central.

Not every soldier is happy with the new direction western leaders have taken their nations. Soldiers from several NATO nations have quietly or even openly dissented against the open aggression member countries of NATO have displayed in Iraq and Afghanistan. In a time when NATO politicians and generals will try to whitewash the truth about the occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan, we feel the need to speak the truth about operations there, and to explain to people the day to day reality of these occupations in order to bring an end to the suffering of the Iraqi and Afghani people, and bring our brothers in arms who are currently deployed to these countries home.

The words “Winter Soldier” were inspired by Thomas Paine in Valley Forge at a time when America was a revolutionary country, a revolutionary concept, and soldiers of the American Revolution were freezing and starving outside of Philadelphia.

“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”

In these dark times it is not one nation, or one tyrant that has brought these destructive wars to Iraq and Afghanistan, but rather a coalition lead by the United States, and primarily consisting of countries within NATO. It is no longer time for soldiers to fight in these occupations, but rather to serve their country, and indeed serve the world by speaking about the truth of our experiences at a time when politicians would lie about them and tell the public our presence helped the Iraqi and Afghani people instead of oppressed them.

In Freiburg on March 14th Iraq and Afghanistan veterans of the US military, German military, and British military will tell the truth of their experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan in the hopes of letting the protesters know the horror of what they are protesting against, and to counter the lies of “humanitarian wars” that will undoubtedly be emanating from the conference.

We are calling upon your support to help with:

  • psychologists for the veterans who are traumatized,
  • lawyers to deal with the consequences of what telling the truth means,
  • media to make sure our contradiction of what the NATO conference says is heard,
  • and most importantly fundraising to make the event possible.

We need your donations!
To: “KDV Im Krieg”
Memo: “IVAW Europe / Winter Soldier”
Account Number: 80 22 409 700
Bank: GLS Bank
Routing Number: 430 609 67
International Routing Number:
DE42 4306 0967 8022 4097 00

Thank you for your time and consideration,

Chris Capps-Schubert
ivaw.germany@gmx.net
Operation “Iraqi Freedom” Veteran 2005-2006
US Army Deserter


Iraq Veterans Against the War invites you to a hearing in Freiburg, Germany on March 14, 2009
Soldiers and veterans will share the truth about wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) invites you to hear the hard truth about what is really on happening on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan, day in and day out, from American, British and German veterans.

Winter Soldier Europe will feature veterans’ testimony in Freiburg, Germany, on March 14, just weeks before NATO has its annual summit in southern Germany.

Coordinated by the European chapter of Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), the event is supported by Connection e.V., RüstungsInformationsBüro (RIB), Freiburger Friedensforum, Freiburger Friedenswoche, Tübingen Progressive Americans, Munich American Peace Committee, American Voices Abroad Berlin, Carl-Schurz-Haus Freiburg/Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut e.V. as well as the Freiburg-based groups of DFG-VK, attac, VVN/BdA and IPPNW.

The event has been named Winter Soldier to honor a similar gathering 30 years ago of veterans of the Vietnam War. Winter soldiers, according to American founding father Thomas Paine, are the people who stand up for the soul of their country, even in its darkest hours. IVAW held its first Winter Soldier hearings about Iraq and Afghanistan last year in Washington, D.C.

While offical reports are saying that the situation in Iraq and Afghanistan is improving, these veterans will stand up to reveal the unpleasant and unpublicized realities of the ongoing U.S. military occupation.

Expected testifiers include:

  • U.S. AWOL soldier and Iraq veteran André Shepherd who seeks asylum in Germany
  • Christian Neumann, soldier of the German army and veteran of the war in Afghanistan.
  • US Navy journalist Zack Baddorf.
  • US-veteran Chris Capps who deserted before deployment to Afghanistan.

“We’ve heard from the politicians, we’ve heard from the generals, we’ve heard from the media – now it’s our turn,” said Kelly Dougherty, executive director of IVAW and a former sergeant who served in Iraq.

The hearing will convene on March 14, 2009, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Café Velo, Wentzinger Str. 15 in Freiburg (Stadtbahnbrücke/HBF Freiburg). We will be pleased to welcome you.

Broadcast Media: Please confirm your attendance by March 10 so we can reserve you an audio input on our sound system.

To run the hearing, we need your support. Please donate to the following account: "KDV im Krieg", BIC GENODEM1GLS, IBAN DE42 4306 0967 8022 4097 00, purpose: IVAW Europe/Winter Soldier

Media Contacts

For more information, visit:
Freiburger Friedensforum
Connection e.V.
Iraq Veterans Against the War
Iraq Veterans Against the War Europe

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