Will Candidates Turn “Shock and Awe” into Truth and Reconciliation?

by Stacy Bannerman – Last weekend marked thirteen years since the “Shock and Awe” invasion of Iraq, and while the Presidential contenders have gone back-and-forth about the war, not one of them is leading the way forward. If they want to show they’re qualified for the Oval Office, promoting an American Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC) on the war would be a major step in the right direction. Modeled after Truth & Reconciliation Commissions in Canada, South Africa, and elsewhere, an American Truth & Reconciliation Commission, convened at the US Capitol, would consist of a panel of select political, grassroots and spiritual leaders assembled to hear the testimony of the politicians and pundits who championed the war, as well as veterans and their families and the affected communities. Those first-hand accounts would help inform the panel in developing solutions that promote repair, reconciliation and the restoration of relationships. If it were...

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