By Buff Whitman-Bradley, Sarah Lazare, Cynthia Whitman-Bradley
Veterans of contemporary conflicts describe their person trips from uncooked recruit to battle resister during this number of testimonials. even though it isn't good publicized, the lengthy culture of refusing to struggle unjust wars keeps this present day in the American army. The tales during this publication offer an intimate, sincere examine the non-public transformation of every of those children and even as represent a robust argument opposed to militarization and unending struggle. additionally incorporated are particular interviews with Noam Chomsky and Daniel Ellsberg addressing the U.S. wars in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan and the position civilian and GI resistance performs in bringing the troops domestic.
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In fact, the German General Staff during the Second World War after Stalingrad doubtless criticized Hitler’s two-front war as a strategic blunder. We don’t call that principled opposition. Principled opposition would mean it’s wrong whether it succeeds or not. In fact, many commentators now say: well, you know, Bush was really right, the surge succeeded. Whether it did or not is a separate question, but the debate is interesting. It’s like saying Putin should be praised because his devastation of Chechnya succeeded.
Another time a dump truck was driving into the checkpoint. I believe there were three occupants of the vehicle, but I only remember an adult male and a little boy. We found out later that their brake lines had gone out so they couldn’t stop at the checkpoint. They were barreling through and we fired a couple of warning shots and then the machine gunner started firing at the engine block with a 240. At that point all the Iraqi guardsmen that we were working with were firing in the air, firing all over the place, and so pretty much it was a duck-and-cover scene for me.
He’s created a great sense of hopefulness, and in my view, these are illusions. I suspect that his policies, I had assumed in advance, it’s becoming more and more clear right now, that his policies would be pretty much those of the second Bush administration, not the first one which was kind of off the spectrum, but the second one. But prettified, more pleasant rhetoric, kind of a nice tone, and so on, and the peace movement’s going to have to adjust to that. There’s an understandable but highly misguided attempt to try to give an interpretation to what he does that’s favorable to our own aims, but has no basis in fact.
About Face. Military Resisters Turn Against War by Buff Whitman-Bradley, Sarah Lazare, Cynthia Whitman-Bradley