Veterans on Ending the War Against Iraq

Iraq Veterans Against the War members Kelly Dougherty, Garett Reppenhagen, Camilo Mejía, Chanan Suárez Diaz and Martin Smith spoke on IVAW’s strategy to end the war against Iraq at the Socialism 2007 conference in Chicago on June 16.

Kelly Dougherty (20:42 minutes)


Garett Reppenhagen (11:42 minutes)


Camilo Mejia (17:53 minutes)


Chanan Suárez Diaz (17:37)


Martin Smith (13:17 minutes)


These talks started off a 2-part, 3 hour Roundtable – Iraq: the Soldiers’ Rebellion – by IVAW veterans. All recounted their personal stories of their military experience and how they became part of the veterans’ antiwar movement.

Kelly Dougherty, Executive Director of IVAW and a co-founder, gave a slide presentation on IVAW’s strategy to end the war, based on IVAW’s “Consent Theory of Power.” This video clearly shows IVAW’s theory and practice for ending this tragic war by weakening support by the military, as well as other pillars of support, such as the public, Congress and the media.We’ve started with 5 videos of the main speakers, and will follow with videos of the commentators, including Carlos Arredondo (who lost his son in Iraq), Juan Torres (who lost his son in Afghanistan), war resister Agustin Aguayo (just released from 8 months military confinement), Patty McCann (IVAW), Ashley Smith (International Socialist Organization), and, from the Warrior Writers Project, Drew Cameron and Aaron Hughes, plus wrap up comments from the 5 main speakers.All websites are invited to embed these and following videos on their sites. We’d appreciate it if sites would simply let us know that they are embedding the videos. If any sites have difficulty embedding the code, we’d be happy to help you trouble shoot problems. Contact:

Learn more about the Socialism 2007 conference at and see conference coverage atwith coverage of the Confronting Empire plenary session.

The conference was sponsored by:

International Socialist Review

Haymarket Books

Socialist Worker

Obrero Socialista

International Socialist Organization

Center for Economic Research and Social Change

Video recorded and edited by Charles JenksVideo © 2007 Charles Jenks; all rights reserved

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