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 number 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 ebook supply an intimate, sincere examine the non-public transformation of every of those adolescents and whilst represent a robust argument opposed to militarization and unending warfare. additionally integrated are unique 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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S. military really means. S. Constitution by following lawful orders, what are they to do when they are given unlawful orders? ” —Aaron Glantz, author of The War Comes Home: Washington’s Battle Against America’s Veterans “It was a privilege to read this book. 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.
San Antonio Community College. When I got my call to report for IRR I determined I wasn’t going back in, that I was going to show up, to report, but only to inform them that I wasn’t coming back. Benji Lewis refused orders for his Individual Ready Reserve recall, and was discharged from the military with no penalties. Samantha Schutz June 2009 Samantha Schutz’s recruiter told her not to say anything to the Army about her past depression and emotional problems, but almost immediately after she started Basic Training, those problems recurred.
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. They tell of being targeted by recruiters because they were low-income, had no money for going to college, and no other future prospects.