War on Terror Through Veteran Eyes… Its easy to think of war without face and of soldiers as doing their duty. We somehow dismiss young men and women as soldiers, sepperate from us civilians. War is legally executed and its ok for them to die so long as the aggressor does due diligence to minimize civilian casualties. War on terror we are told targeted terrorists. However, if those terrorists live among civilians, an acceptable percentage of civilian lives lost has no meaning. Our moto is simple: destroy the terrorist at all costs as it behooves our national security.
What then of all stories shared and kept secret by countless veterans? All the veteran PTSDs and suicides? Civilians were targeted, they say, they who committed those crimes, following orders. Crimes against themselves as much as against those whose lives they had so brutally violated. Young people’s memories ever plagued by images of what they had done, of chidren’s faces, and those of their parents’, simple folk, terrified at the hands of some foreign power whose sole mission to shred their existence, humiliate and then ruthlessly innihilate their families…
Who would ever orchestrate such a disgusting farce? Would a mother ever send off her child, knowing? Thats why national security takes center stage, prevails above all, to blind our senses and our common sense. This super nationalist spirit, a false spirit of American unity, has caused hostility on American soil towards minorities and immigrants. This same hostility validates itself fully abroad where everyone is non American and therefore second class and dispensable at our Discretion. No, you are righteous, you say? Maybe you are, but do the people of America really love diversity? Tell that to a child in public school that steps out of line. That child would appreciate you because you let them shine a little bit of their true selves. Perhaps conforming to any society is human nature. However, human nature needs checks and balances. When one country insists on a uni-polar world run by it, that country has to develop literacy in foreign cultures and use diplomacy, not weapons, to maintain respect and to preserve its security. Watch this interview with Scott Ritter to see the striking difference between American and Russian war strategies
EYES LEFT is a military podcast hosted by two anti-war Army veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, Spenser Rapone and Mike Prysner, covering issues from a left-wing and socialist perspective.
EYES LEFT gives updates and progressive commentary on military news, war developments, failings of military leadership, veterans’ issues, radical military history, and how US troops can resist
Join Us | About Face (aboutfaceveterans.org)– formerly ka IVAW.org, this current anti-war organization staffed by former military welcomes new members. Here you can securely report incidents.
March Forward is a social media outlet for anti-war veterans and active duty to share their experiences in Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries left in shambles by US military forces. Although this forum was censored in 2018 it remains an invaluable archive full of 1st person accounts from the perspective of US veterans.
Aother veteran run organization Veterans for Peace hosts local chapters.
UNAC a very involved ant-war activist effort holds pod casts with various reporters, millitary personnel, and analysts that have extensive experience in the subject of local current events and modern warfare at large.
All these active groups offer different ways to speak out and get involved. The most valuable involvement happens at grass roots level, educating local communities via peaceful flyers, bannners and face to face non-confrontational discussions. If your area doesnt have a group you can start one yourself. Even one person can put up a banner in public places and hand out flyers at public events. Our world depends on peace.