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Voices From Iraq
Where We Live - with John Dankosky
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11/10/2008
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The Wilton High School play about the war in Iraq.

 

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After five years at war,  more than 4000 US troops killed , a military surge which has cut down on violence - have we forgotten about Iraq?

Iraq was on the minds of students at Wilton High School two years ago, when theater arts teacher Bonnie Dickinson started developing "Voices in Conflict,"  a play using letters and essays written by Iraqi civilians and American soldiers serving in Iraq. 
The play was banned from the being performed at the high school, because of worries about the content.  It was given new life, and was performed to raves in New York, and now it's a CPTV special...airing tonight at 9.

Today on Where We Live, we'll talk with the play's creators and we'll talk about the Iraq war, and the American public's view of it with veterans.Later, we'll ask you to join the conversation: Has the economy pushed the war to the back burner?  Have we forgotten a war we're still fighting? 


 
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our hunger for oil and why we invaded iraq

it was so disappointing to hear two articulate and patriotic young men justify our invasion of Iraq as a response to America's need for oil to fuel our economy - this is the old philosophy that sees the entire world subservient to American economic and energy interests - had we invested the trillion dollars spent so far on this war, we might be closer to clean energy  - we might have created millions of jobs in green technologies and products - instead, we invaded a sovereign country to depose a dictator whose early rise to power was, in no small measure, a result of American support - these young men need to read some history - our reputation as a 'democracy' is tested  by election fraud, the suspension of constitutional protections, illegal wire-tapping, - as the wife of a viet nam era veteran I am well aware that one may oppose an unjust war and support the soldiers and sailors who fight it - it is not an oxymoron -