The Winter Soldier Investigation was a media event intended to publicize war crimes and atrocities by Americans and allies in Vietnam, while showing their direct relationship to American administration and war policies. This 3-day gathering of American Vietnam War veterans, civilians and media took place in Detroit, Michigan, from January 31-February 2, 1971, and was organized by the Vietnam Veterans Against the War. 109 Vietnam veterans and 16 civilians gave testimony about war crimes they had committed or witnessed during the years of 1963-1970. ( X )

this isn't freedom; this is fear, captain america, bucky barnes, steve rogers, graphic:marvel, its recently come to my attention that literally nothing i make makes any sense unless you've followed my increasingly nonsensical tag rants, but just a clarification: the name for both the investigation and the winter soldier came from paine:, 'those who endure beyond their obligated duty are winter soldiers', name apart it's the concept of naming bucky barnes' alter ego after the publicization of american war crimes that gets to me, and it's such a good clear example and crystallization of the tragedy of steve rogers or any one person elevated into iconhood and national, symbolism or any kind of symbolism at all is that sooner or later your face is going to be disassociated from the core beliefs that you held, sooner or later someone is going to come along and take an image - because an image and a word is dependent on context and on societal chang, and they are going to attach their own meaning to it. they are going to carve it up and skew it sideways and throw out all the things, that don't fit with the particular narrative they're trying to tell; and seventy years down the line 'all american' means a completely diffe, different connotation with a whole slew of political ideologies that steve rogers didnt stand for, so you think about the fact that this was a kid who lived through the depression and probably went hungry and saw the establishment of, some kind of a safety net for the most unfortunate in society and was probably on welfare himself to live through the day, this kid who had never been strong but then was given a chance to be good - who did the right thing bcause the right thing needed to be done, no matter how hard no matter through what 'winter soldier' instead of summer patriot, and then you think about that particular value system eroding over the years - or worse; revealed to have never existed, and along comes this brainwashed version of his best friend - the soviets' answer to captain america - actually NAMED the winter soldier, a living weapon with his heart carved out of him and a brain hardwired to kill and nothing else; the ultimate killshot the ultimate patriot, and that concept of sticking through thick and thin; pulled and cracked and strained throughout the years until you get to, all the points in history where the ideal war that steve rogers embodied had been deconstructed by war crimes and 'collateral damage', until you get to 1963; and the winter soldier is not a patriot but an investigation, until the winter soldier is not the ideal but a living breathing war crime, and steve wakes up and reads the history books and sits through university intro to american history; it's more than being a man out of time, it's being a man who is a living embodiment of what we wish we could be instead of what we are; a man who is a living embodiment, of a dream never realised and a time that never existed, what i'm trying to say is that i am REALLY EXCITED FOR THIS MOVIE,
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