If this video has made its way around the left blogosphere, I haven’t seen it. It’s hard to believe it was made two years ago and hasn’t picked up a huge following.
The song is written and sung by Ashton Jones. The introduction, from YouTube states:
The images in this film were taken by soldiers, medical personal, and journalists They had been collected and passed around Iraq, for the purpose of sharing information and documenting the events of the war. The collection of images were given to me by a surgeon for the US, who has been in Iraq for two years, with his request to have them seen, by the public. Do not think of this as a music video! This news footage, that the American public has been stripped of, and denied access to, is real! There are thousands of lives being lost because of the white washing of the realities of this invasion, both from the false claims that lead to the invasion, and the manipulation of media since! The audio is meant as a narration of a soldier sharing his experience, and asking for help, forgiveness, and understanding! Now if our leaders would take the same responsibility? We might find a roadmap to peace! Oh yeah and I wrote and recorded the song .
I urge you to share this with friends, family and other bloggers. There is something about this work that bridges the gap between “against the war” and “for the troops” in a very unique way. The only complaint I might have is that the song emphasizes nationalism a bit, but not in a negative way. A more recent version is here .
One more thing. I’ll be yapping again soon. In the meantime, if you want good reading links, go visit Avedon Carol at the Sideshow or your favorite “small time” blog. She says traffic on the smaller blogs is down. Everyone seems to be raking too much muck or firedoglaking too much, which I plead guilty to. I also have spending too much time on YouTube; the new media format fascinates me as a communications tool.