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How does a young person who volunteers to serve in the U.S. military become a war-resister who risks ostracism, humiliation, and prison rather than fight? Although it is not well publicized, the long tradition of refusing to fight in unjust wars continues today within the American military.
In this book, resisters describe in their
own words the process they
went through, from raw recruits to brave
refusers. They speak about the
brutality and appalling violence of war;
the constant dehumanizing of
the enemy—and of our own soldiers—that
begins in Basic Training; the demands that they ignore their own consciences and simply follow orders.
They describe how their ideas
about the justification for the current
wars changed and how they came to oppose the policies and practices of
the U.S. empire, and even war
itself. Some of the refusers in this book served one or more tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, and returned
with serious problems
resulting from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Others heard such disturbing stories of violence from returning vets
that they vowed not to go themselves. Still others were mistreated in
one way or another and decided they’d had enough. Every one of them had
the courage to say
a resounding “NO!” The stories in this book provide an intimate, honest look at the personal transformation of each of these
people and at the same time constitute a powerful argument against militarization and endless war.
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