By Buff Whitman-Bradley, Sarah Lazare, Cynthia Whitman-Bradley
Veterans of contemporary conflicts describe their person trips from uncooked recruit to conflict resister during this selection of testimonials. even though it isn't really good publicized, the lengthy culture of refusing to struggle unjust wars keeps this present day in the American army. The tales during this publication supply an intimate, sincere examine the private transformation of every of those children and whilst 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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Almost 30 percent of troops on their third deployment suffer from serious mental-health problems, and veterans with PTSD are six times more likely to attempt suicide. Marine suicides doubled between 2006 and 2007, and Army suicides are at the highest rate since records were first kept in 1980. According to a Congressional Quarterly compilation in November 2009, 334 active-duty military service men and women took their own lives in 2009. As this does not include veterans who have been discharged from the military, the real numbers are probably far higher.
The expectation on the part of the government, reported in the press, specialists on Afghanistan, the aid agencies, was that the bombing might lead to the death of millions of people. Since the country was on the verge of starvation, even the threat of bombing had driven the aid agencies out. The numbers used in the press were maybe two-and-a-half million people might be driven over the edge of starvation. Well, fortunately, the worst didn’t happen, but that doesn’t matter. When you evaluate an action, you ask about the circumstances at the time, not the outcome.
So, yes, they can play a central role in developing the general understanding that we really should learn how to look into the mirror and apply to ourselves the proper standards, the ones we apply routinely to others. SL: What do you see as some of the biggest challenges that the peace and antiwar movement faces now that Barack Obama is president? NC: Well, Barack Obama has energized a lot of people. 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.