Like the Pentagon Papers, these documents stand as an indictment against U.S. militarism.
In December of last year, the Washington Post released the Afghanistan Papers, a comprehensive investigative report that unveiled thousands of documents highlighting interviews and memos from military leaders and government officials as to the ineptitude of the United States’ war in Afghanistan. Reminiscent of the Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam War, the Afghanistan Papers should have the same impacts. Although the Afghanistan Papers are at risk of being forgotten due to the current pandemic crisis, we need to be aware of them and continue to highlight these documents as a testament against US militarism.
The salon on April 24th will feature a fifteen minute clip produced by the Washington Post, followed by a discussion of the Afghanistan Papers with war veteran and peace activist, Ben Schrader. Ben served in the US military as a 19D Cavalry Scout and deployed to Iraq and Kosovo while in the Army. When he left the military he got involved in a number of peace and social justice movements. He is currently on the Board of Directors for “Veterans for Peace” and “About Face: Veterans Against the War.” Ben has a PhD in Political Science and has a new book out titled Fight to Live, Live to Fight: Veteran Activism after War.
Salon duc Tape, a public forum sponsored by the Fort Collins Community Action Network (FCCAN), meets on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month from 7:00 — 9:00 p.m. This salon is co-sponsored by Veterans for Peace Chapter 178. We have moved to an online format (Zoom) for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to make this work smoothly, please take the following steps:
1. Register (RSVP) in advance for the salon here: https://us04web.zoom.us/
2. Make sure that you can use Zoom on your desktop, laptop, or tablet by visiting https://zoom.us/test and clicking on the big blue “JOIN” button.
a. This will take you to a page which will let you start a test meeting, and, if needed, allow you to download and install the Zoom.us application on your computer or tablet.
b. Explore the options of unmuting your microphone and unmuting the camera so that others can hear and see you.
c. For a short overview video, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?