By Buff Whitman-Bradley, Sarah Lazare, Cynthia Whitman-Bradley
Veterans of contemporary conflicts describe their person trips from uncooked recruit to warfare resister during this selection of testimonials. even though it isn't good publicized, the lengthy culture of refusing to struggle unjust wars keeps at the present time in the American army. The tales during this e-book offer an intimate, sincere examine the private transformation of every of those youth and even as represent a strong argument opposed to militarization and never-ending 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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It’s quite standard for major powers. You can apply standards to others, but not to yourself. And until there is a willingness to apply to ourselves the proper standards, the kinds we routinely apply to others, activism is going to have to adjust itself to whatever level of understanding has been achieved, and you can try to carry out acts that will raise the level of understanding. It’s here that the GI resistance plays quite a significant role, just as it did in the Vietnam War. It’s a kind of testimony that can’t be written off as crazy students or psychotic leftists, and it has to be faced.
S. war resisters are currently taking refuge in Canada. Countless others leave quietly, disappearing from the ranks, unrecorded by the military. S. military decide to resist service. S. military. They tell of how they couldn’t survive another deployment, having already faced two, three, or four, in an exhausted and overextended fighting force. Some tell of resisting because of what they witnessed or were made to do in wars and occupations defined by high civilian death tolls and constant indigenous insurgency.
My function now was to be the editor of our newsletter, our daily newsletter. So my job now was a twelve-hour shift at night when I essentially worked alone and just put together this newsletter. It was a lot of busywork and cut and paste. I think they may have thought I was a danger at that point. Or they may have sensed that I was undermotivated. I was alienated from the rest of the staff, working alone twelve hours a night. A Troubled Conscience At that time, I had reconnected with an old friend over the Internet, so it was easing up as far as depression, because I had someone that I could relate to that I was able to talk to about things and get my emotions straight.
About Face. Military Resisters Turn Against War by Buff Whitman-Bradley, Sarah Lazare, Cynthia Whitman-Bradley