Afghanistan: 10 years of war

By EDITORIAL  |  October 6, 2011

Cook has curated a dozen or so of these videos, some of which can be viewed on our site. Entitled "Afghanistan War YouTube Video Fest," these mini-documentaries will be screened at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts, on October 7 and at AS220 in Providence on October 8. Admission is free, and the screenings will be followed by conversation with the audience.

>> VIDEOS: "Selections from the Afghanistan War YouTube Video Fest" <<

Cook writes: "The YouTube videos provide direct, graphic information and experience of what the war is like, including New England soldiers leaving for Afghanistan, American helmet-camera footage of a firefight, wounded Americans being evacuated by helicopter, a soldier's intimate video diary, Taliban fighters in action, American soldiers blowing off steam by recording their own music video for Lady Gaga's song 'Telephone' (which became a Web sensation), and a soldier meeting his son for the first time since getting back from Afghanistan." It is a remarkable compilation, low-key yet intense. These shards of experience combine to present a mosaic of experience suggesting — not preaching — that it is time to come home. The power of that suggestion is so strong that we urge you to attend Cook's teach-ins. And if you can't attend, go online and view them there.

To date, the war has cost 2670 allied and American dead, almost 700,000 American veterans seeking medical treatment at home — half of whom need psychiatric care for traumatic stress — and tens of thousands of civilian Afghan casualties. In dollars, conservative estimates will soon exceed $500 billion.

Enough is enough.

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