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 choice 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 booklet supply an intimate, sincere examine the non-public transformation of every of those teenagers and while represent a robust argument opposed to militarization and unending warfare. 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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SL: What are some strategies that you think the peace movement should be embracing for ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and how do you see GI resistance fitting into these strategies? NC: Well, the core issue is always education. You can’t have successful activism without a public that understands what you are doing. That’s the tactical lesson that activists have to internalize and grasp. So, what I’ve just been saying is far from common understanding. In fact, you can’t even find a word to this effect practically in mainstream discussion.
So I came back home and my partner and I decided to do some more traveling and soul searching: do I even want to go back or do I just want to kind of never face this and live under the radar? And I ultimately decided, no, part of what I want to do is have my voice back and be able to help other people heal from their wounds from the war machine and stand up for themselves, too. So I got the courage, again, to come back and work on turning myself in. I called the GI Rights Hotline before and they recommended me to the lawyer, whom I hired, and the lawyer recommended me to Courage to Resist.
She had salt crusted all over her face. It was obvious that she had been crying for quite a bit. I kind of got the story that she had a family. ” And then it came out that she was asking for help. Three days ago, her entire family, her children, had been pretty much buried in the rubble of their house, and she was asking for help. I asked my staff sergeant, “Can we help her? ” He said to tell her to walk to the Red Cross aid station, which was a few miles away. We couldn’t leave our posts to help her, so we gave her a couple of bottles of water and wished her luck, you know.