Mike Prysner speaks at the Dec. 16 veterans-led action at the White House.
“Little did I know when I landed in Iraq that my life would never be the same again—nor would the lives of millions of others.”
— Mike Prysner
An appeal from Mike Prysner
In March 2003, I landed in Iraq as a soldier in the U.S. Army. I was 19 years old. Little did I know that my life would never be the same again—nor would the lives of millions of others.
Now, almost eight years later, nearly 5,000 U.S. troops have died. Over 32,000 have been maimed. Over 1 million Iraqis have perished. An entire generation of young soldiers and Iraqis have been psychologically traumatized.
And it is far from over. As soon as the waves of protests in the Arab world hit Iraq last week, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates stated that the “withdrawal” deadline in July 2011 would likely need to be extended.
The troop reduction in Iraq has not made the lives of Iraqis any better. It did nothing more than divert tens of thousands of soldiers to an even bloodier battlefield in Afghanistan, another war based on lies for the strategic economic interests of the rich—another war with no end in sight.
Like countless other soldiers, I came home angry, with the desire to fight back—to end the criminal wars in which we took part, to halt the drive of the war machine, and to hold accountable the government that sent us to die and destroyed the lives of millions, all for profit. We have now dedicated ourselves to building the anti-war movement. But we need your help.
On March 19, the 8th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, many thousands across the country will be marching against the wars. In Washington, D.C., there will be a massive veterans-led civil resistance at the White House initiated by Veterans for Peace. People from all over the country are joining together for a 12 noon rally at Lafayette Park, followed by a march on the White House where the veterans-led civil resistance will take place.
You can make the difference
Only a mass people’s movement can end these wars. We are working day in and day out to build such a movement. The voices of anti-war veterans are essential.
With your help, many young veterans were able to participate in the Dec. 16, 2010, veterans-led civil resistance action at the White House. Financial contributions from people like you made the difference. Because of that action’s success, many more young veterans from across the United States are anxious to participate, but they can only do so with your assistance.
If you donated in December, please consider donating again today to make March 19 even more significant. If you have yet to contribute to this movement, we urge you to contribute now. You can help make March 19 the most profound statement yet against wars of aggression.
Thank you for your support.
Co-founder, March Forward!