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May 20, 2005
VISUAL ARTISTS PAY HOMAGE TO THE VIETNAM VETERANS AGAINST THE WAR'S 1970 MARCH CALLED 'OPERATION RAPID AMERICAN WITHDRAWAL' AT ICE BOX PROJECT SPACE SEPTEMBER 2005
" America was bleeding to death in the rice fields and jungles of Vietnam, and now the blood flowed in our streets. I did not want my country to die. I had to do something. It was time to stop the war."
- 1970 right after Kent State, poet and Marine Corps Vietnam WarVeteran,
"I am more interested in confronting the recent atrocities against the country and people of Iraq and in producing a work in direct protest against what the Bush administration has done. But that would be the focus of my interior dialogue and would ideally result in a universal statement against war that would add a voice to the others you are assembling. As you guessed already, I would opt for an abstract, metaphorical approach, which is the challenge for me, to make the passion of political conviction felt. But I am enthused about trying if you can accept all of the above."
- Participant Operation RAW exhibition 2005
"The members of VVAW wanted to show the American public that it was the very conditions of fighting that guerrilla war that resulted in the de facto genocide of the Vietnamese people. I felt that Operation RAW was the only way for the veterans who were against the war to really show what was happening."
- Participant Operation RAW 1970