Santa Monica, CA (PRWEB) September 21, 2005
Antiwar statements from US Soldiers who have served in the Iraq War (OIF) appear online now at Video.Google.Com. Metropole Filmworx LLC choose Video.Google.Com as a distribution method for clips of soldier videos in order to insure they would be available on demand in time for the September 23, 2005 protest in Washington DC led by Cindy Sheehan.
Metropole Filmworx LLC has been recording interviews with soldiers who have returned from Iraq since March. The footage collected will be used in their documentary "BACK FROM IRAQ: The Citizen Soldier Speaks". They have posted clips from several interviews online at Video.Google.Com (video.google.com/videosearch?q=metropole&pl=1) in order to make sure that congressional representatives and the general public are aware that Cindy Sheehan speaks for many, many soldiers when she says the War in Iraq must be brought to a swift conclusion.
Nancy Fulton, co-producer of the documentary, reflects on why she chooses Video.Google.Com as a distribution method for these clips. "There's no doubt that we could have posted this content on our own site. But Video.Google.Com is an exceptional distribution choice for content which may draw hundreds or thousands of simultaneous viewers. Furthermore, clips posted on Video.Google.Com display inside the web browser rather than in a Real Media or Quick Time window. Our experience is that in order to make sure other viewers can play a clip; we often have to post several versions of the file in multiple file formats and resolutions. We like being able to post a single version of the file with the absolute confidence that anyone who installs the Google Video Viewer will be able to watch it with a single click."
In one clip, Marine Staff Sergeant Jimmy Massey (ret'd) describes the killing of more than twenty unarmed protesters in the first days after the initial assault on Iraq, and the subsequent killing of many more unarmed Iraqi's at a military check point. Jimmy Massey, previously a Parris Island Trainer and Recruiter for the US Marine Corp. describes how, when he told his commanding officer "Today's been a bad day sir, we've killed a lot of civilians," his commanding officer responded "No, today is a good day." Massey adds, "When he said that I realized I was in the wrong place. Maybe I wasn't cut out for the Marine Corp."
In another clip, Patrick Resta, a National Guardsman serving as US Army Medic, describes how he and fellow medics were prevented from providing medical care to desperate Iraqi civilians who approached them for help because their own hospitals had been devastated by the war. He also describes how, in violation of the Geneva Conventions regarding medics, he was required to carry a rifle. "I walked an oil pipeline for two days in a hundred and forty degree heat to keep it from being sabotaged and blown up . . . How dare you tell me this war isn't about oil."
What these clips make clear is that there are soldiers fulfilling their obligation to the US Military who do not support the war in Iraq. They feel their service in Iraq is in direct conflict with their commitment to "protect and defend" the United States.
Jeff Key, Lance Corporal in the US Marine Corp, is currently serving as Cindy Sheehan's body guard. In his clip he makes it clear that he is not a pacifist. He became a Marine to protect and defend defenseless people. "I'm sick to death of being told how much better the Iraqi's lives are." He suggests that if the people of the United States were offered a solution to all the nation's troubles, ranging from health care to education, at the price the Iraqi's have been asked to pay they wouldn't accept the offer. "What if someone came to us and said 'We're gonna fix all of these problems ... The only thing is, we're going to kill tens of thousands of you …' "
Nancy Fulton says, "James Metropole, Susie Shannon and I are just everyday citizens. We started making this documentary, a first for all of us, because we wanted to know the truth of what was going on in Iraq. We were tired of hearing generals and politicians talk about conditions in Iraq when their visits were little more than four hour touch downs. We were disgusted by the images we saw coming out of Abu Ghraib and the images of dead soldiers and civilians flooding our TV screens. So, we turned to our soldiers for answers. James Metropole was a soldier, my family has a tradition of military service . . . We knew US Soldiers are the only US citizens who know exactly how the United States is waging war in Iraq. We knew US Soldiers would tell us the unvarnished truth. Did they have the right training and equipment? What did they see? What did they do? We had no idea their responses would be so explosive or so compelling. Soldiers really are American heroes facing the kind of moral and ethical dilemmas the rest of us can only imagine. We came to understand the terrible price soldiers pay for the innocent deaths they cause and the lives they aren't allowed to save."
Metropole Filmworx will be putting DVD's containing soldier statements in the hands of elected representatives during the anti-war protest led by Cindy Sheehan. Anyone looking for the truth of what's happening on the ground in Iraq has to start with the soldiers who have spent months or years there.
Metropole Filmworx will be posting additional clips of soldiers talking about their service in Iraq in the weeks to come.
Information on how soldiers can arrange to be interviewed for the documentary, and links to soldier antiwar statements on video.google.com, can be found on http://www.metropolefilmworx.com.