Director Oliver Stone has announced the winning entry, chosen by voting members of MoveOn.org, from a series of videotaped interviews with Iraq war veterans and their families. Stone has cut the interview with former infantry Sgt. John Bruhns into a 30-second TV spot, ending with a voice-over by Vietnam vet Ron Kovic saying: “Support our troops. Bring them home.” The ad began its weeklong run on CNN on Thursday.
Stone, 60, who fought in Vietnam in the 1960s, was asked to direct the ad for MoveOn.org, which says it has 3.2 million members in the United States campaigning for an end to U.S involvement in the four-year-old war.
Although Stone does not appear in the ad, he said the parallels between U.S. involvement in Iraq and Vietnam were obvious.
“I made three movies about Vietnam and I thought it was behind us,” he said on Thursday. “This is a bad summer repeat of a war that happened 40 years ago. We must listen to the soldiers who are coming back.”