Saturday, October 23, 2004

Michael "Slacker Uprising Tour" Crew Blog: First-Hand Knowledge...

"Slacker Uprising Tour" Crew Blog: First-Hand Knowledge...: "Last night in Philadelphia, we were fortunate to get a chance to hear about the effects of the Iraq war from Americans who have felt its impact more than anyone. Abdul Henderson, the Marine who appears in 'Fahrenheit 9/11,' spoke of his rage and anger after September 11th, his love of his country and how he would be willing to do anything to protect it. 'I would drive the wheels off a hummer if it meant protecting this country.' However, he said that protecting America is not what the Iraq war is all about.

Mike Hoffman, the founder of Iraq Veterans Against the War, spoke about what it means to support the troops. He looked at the thousands in attendance at the Liacouras Center and let them know that this is a group of people that support the troops, not a group that would send them to war when it wasn't absolutely necessary. 'That's why I'm here speaking to you today -- so you can help me spread the truth and bring them home now!' Of George W. Bush, Hoffman had this to say: 'He asked me to put my life on the line for his profits.'

We also heard about the war from the perspective of a soldier's parents, who lost their son on the battlefield. Celeste and Raphael Zappala took the stage and Celeste eloquently spoke about the loss of their son Sherwood...a touching speech that only a mother could deliver. She said that when they buried their son, they made a vow to speak the truth for him. 'There were no weapons of mass destruction -- no al-Qaeda ties. The 9/11 Commission has said it. Every sane person has said it. Now WE have to say it on November 2nd.' Sherwood was the 1st Pennsylvania National Guardsman to die in combat since 1945."

The crew blog could be updated with a camera/video phone. But, this is a step in the right direction.


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