By Buff Whitman-Bradley, Sarah Lazare, Cynthia Whitman-Bradley
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Troops find themselves in the position of enforcing occupation on an unconsenting population through coercion, violence, and constant surveillance. So-called counterinsurgency strategies amount to nothing more than scorched-earth policies rooted in razing homes, conducting night raids, and engaging in deadly special operations strikes. The on-the-ground realities for occupying troops are chilling. Soldiers—some fresh out of boot camp, some facing their fourth or fifth deployment—are made to play the role of occupiers, roaming the streets with tanks and weapons, imposing curfews on civilian populations, raiding homes in the middle of the night, and falling victim to roadside bomb explosions and shootings.
These stories remind civilians who are working against today’s wars that supporting GI resistance is a powerful and relevant antiwar strategy as well as a highly personal process of change and growth. —Sarah Lazare Resistance to Wars of Empire An Interview with Noam Chomsky Noam Chomsky is a preeminent linguist, social critic, political theorist, and activist. S. war and empire, imposed through militarism as well as coercive economic institutions, such as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.
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. I think that it has the potential of getting people involved in the antiwar movement.