By Buff Whitman-Bradley, Sarah Lazare, Cynthia Whitman-Bradley
Veterans of contemporary conflicts describe their person trips from uncooked recruit to struggle resister during this selection of testimonials. even though it isn't really good publicized, the lengthy culture of refusing to struggle unjust wars maintains this present day in the American army. The tales during this ebook supply an intimate, sincere examine the non-public transformation of every of those children and even as represent a strong argument opposed to militarization and never-ending battle. additionally incorporated are particular interviews with Noam Chomsky and Daniel Ellsberg addressing the U.S. wars in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan and the function civilian and GI resistance performs in bringing the troops domestic.
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The dump truck was all shot up, but the little boy and his father were all right. Back in Twentynine Palms After seven months we went home on leave and when I came back, I had the opportunity to get out of my unit and get attached to a unit that was called Mojave Viper. It was in Mojave Viper that I spent my last year of in the Marine Corps, as an instructor teaching escalation of force, vehicle checkpoints. I kind of tried to sway the classroom to teach people how they could not discharge their weapons.
As a veteran, it was especially meaningful to me because I know some of the participants personally. It certainly opened my eyes and heart to their struggle. I know that it will have the same impact to everyone who reads it. It is especially compelling because it gives a wonderful cross section of veterans in their struggle with the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. I think that it has the potential of getting people involved in the antiwar movement. ” —Dennis Lane, executive director, Veterans for Peace “This book documents the resistance of American heroes—resistance to illegal wars, to immoral wars, and to government secrecy, that threaten the very foundation of our democracy.
Many who have been the paid arms of the state in an unjust war of occupation have transformed themselves into peace activists, and in so doing continue to undermine the war that depends on their consent. These repeated transformations, in conjunction with resistance from the people who are being occupied, have the power to end unjust war and uproot occupation. S. government can ask the military to do. The human mind and body can only take so much. S. government cannot ask troops to sacrifice indefinitely.