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 number of testimonials. even though it isn't really 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 private transformation of every of those children and while represent a robust argument opposed to militarization and never-ending struggle. additionally incorporated 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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I was feeling more depressed and guilty because I felt that the American public was being told that we were helping, we were over there now to help them rebuild and recuperate, and it was stunning to me how much money—$12 billion a month in 2008—was being spent over there. It seemed in my eyes to be going more toward our creature comforts than actually helping. It was hard for me to deal with already being depressed. I also got to the point where I was being irresponsible with my money because my conscience didn’t feel that I deserved that money.
To wage wars like these in the future or to continue these wars? NC: Well, you know, nobody exactly knows how the economic crisis is going to resolve itself. But first of all, the economic crisis has not affected the military system. That’s kind of fixed, in fact it’s expanding. So military producers right now, if you read the business press, they’re quite excited about the new opportunities for profit from the expanded government investment in military systems and new planning and so on. S. economy be able to sustain it?
The war in Afghanistan was unleashed with an official goal, not what’s later claimed. When Bush started bombing Afghanistan he had informed the Afghan people: you’re going to be bombed until the Taliban hand over to us someone who we suspect of involvement in a crime against us. ” They had no evidence. Eight months later, the FBI recognized that they still had no evidence. They only had beliefs. They believed that the plot might have been hatched in Afghanistan. So they certainly had no evidence when they started bombing.