The Lieutenant

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 1970.  I am sitting on the edge of a stone fountain in a plaza in downtown Vancouver, watching the peace demonstration all around me.  Having deserted from the United States Army just a few months ago, I finally have Landed Immigrant status, a job, and a rented room of my own.  As was the tradition of American army deserters in Canada, I am wearing my army field jacket with my name … [Read more...]

Life After G.I. War Resistance: Military Resisters 30 Years Later.

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Since the start of the Bush era, soldiers and veterans have been a core part of resisting America’s wars for empire. In 2004, Veterans for Peace sponsored Iraq Veterans Against the War, which began with seven members. IVAW is now an independent organization with hundreds of veterans and active duty members, chapters in all 50 states and overseas, and continues gaining members all the time. Iraq and Afghanistan veterans … [Read more...]

Coming Home: A Military War Resister Returns From Canada

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Forty two years ago, I was a soldier in the U. S. Army. It was 1969. The Viet Nam war was raging. Over 500 unarmed old men, women, and children had been murdered at My Lai by U.S. soldiers, and a pattern of war atrocities and White House lies about the war was being exposed. The South Vietnamese government was shown to be hopelessly corrupt and ineffective, and the South Vietnamese Army was unable to hold their own … [Read more...]

Israel vs. Israel

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Israel is defeating itself, one battle at a time. The May 31, 2010 Israeli attack on the “Gaza Freedom Flotilla” - particularly on the Mavi Marmara - is a microcosm of Israel’s steady march to self-defeat. Six ships laden with supplies and international peace activists - including parliamentarians and other prominent figures - headed toward Gaza with the stated aim of breaking the Israeli blockade. Israeli ships, … [Read more...]

Becoming the Enemy? Reflections on McChrystal and Afghanistan.

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The March/April 2011 edition of Foreign Policy magazine has an article by General Stanley McChrystal (ret.), the former commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan from 2009 - 2010. In the print edition his article is titled, “Becoming the Enemy: To win in Afghanistan, we need to fight more like the Taliban.” (Oddly, the online version has a different title, “It Takes a Network: The new front line of modern … [Read more...]

The Truth Set Him Free: Ehren Watada vs. the U.S. Army

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In June 2006, Lieutenant Ehren Watada became the first U.S. Army officer to publicly refuse orders to Iraq.  After almost three years of intense political and legal struggle, he won his discharge from the Army on October 2, 2009.  He never did a single day in jail. His journey from a believer in his government and Army to GI resister is a dramatic tale of uncovering lies, finding the truth, and daring to take a stand … [Read more...]