Editorials, Articles, and Websites of Interest to VFP Members
to Arms!" an inspiring challenge by an 85 year-old veteran.
[endorsed by VFP109]
the Rubicon." by Michael C. Ruppert. The following is a
synopsis of the case against Dick Cheney who was named as the prime suspect
in the crimes on 9/11 by Michael C. Ruppert in his new book "Crossing
wounded...He's done" Video from Fallujah. Lateline on
Australian ABC television showing evidence that
takes no prisoners.
can't go back to Iraq" "I turn it to fire, I
point again, and it's a little kid, 14 years old. He's running for his life
. "Just like me and my fellow soldiers...That's why I can't go back to
. You can't have a normal life after killing innocent people."
Will Continue To Speak Out Until the Last Soldier Leaves Iraq":
Interview with Antiwar Veteran of the
Name Is Rachel Corrie" Play in
in Olympia as Sister City is Attacked" May 19th. Members:
Craig Corrie, Christi McGinley, Larry Mosqueda, & Don Broadwell appear
in Electronic Intifada's account of the vigil.
Bush, You Killed My Son! I dare you to tell me the Iraq war was
it's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them." The comment,
made by Lt. Gen. James Mattis, came in reference to fighting insurgents in
Is Not A Noble Enterprise" An interview with New York Times war
correspondent Chris Hedges on the Iraq war, the trauma facing returning
soldiers and the killing of innocent Iraqis.
Without End" - Rep. Jim McDermott, (D) Washington
Million Veterans Lacked Health Coverage In 2003 Physicians for a
National Health Program Report
& Counting Campaign is a non-partisan, non-violent, educational
outreach campaign created to honor the Iraqi civilians killed thus far in
the Iraq war, inform the American people about that significant and needless
loss of innocent life, and appeal to both national and international
leadership to end the war. [Endorsed by
percent of American soldiers on the battlefield actually tried to kill
VFP National Convention Resolutions
Annus Horribilis in Iraq former National Security Adviser Zbigniew
Veterans protest war in Crawford
Base for the Corruption of Democracy by Scott Ritter
- A BRIEF HISTORY OF U.S. MILITARY RESISTANCE
and peace movement support for resisters by Zoltan
Cast Full of Betrayal by Mike Hastie, VFP72
Father Speaks Out Against the Iraq War On Father's Day, Fernando
Suarez del Solar remembers his son.
Haitian-American Meets Rachel for the First Time The life and legacy
of Rachel Corrie, for whom our chapter is named, continues to inspire people
who have never met her.
Life Changed by War
Look at 1,000 Who Died
Times interactive graphic of the first 1,000 who have died.
Picture is Worth a Thousand
Words Deaths Look
at this picture to see the costs of war!
Secure America in a Secure World Foreign Policy in Focus
Soldier Speaks: Robert J. Acosta. The first in a series of profiles
of some of the tens of thousands of Iraq War veterans who have come home
bearing the scars of battle – emotional and physical wounds that may never
heal unless the nation pays them the attention and care that they deserve.
Soldier Speaks: Sean Huze We all collectively as a nation
allowed ourselves – and I was part of that – to fall for this
"You're either with us or against us" and therefore "You're
either a patriot or with the terrorists" thinking.
War Crime in Real Time: Obliterating Fallujah Francis Boyle.
"The obliteration of Fallujah continues apace. Article 6(b) of the 1945
Nuremberg Charter defines a Nuremberg War Crime in relevant part as the
". . . wanton destruction of cities, towns or villages. . ."
According to this definitive definition, the Bush Jr. administration's
destruction of Fallujah constitutes a war crime for which Nazis were tried
Young Veteran's Struggle Against War Alex Ryabov, one of the four
founders of Iraq Veterans Against the War
warn Bush that U.S. isn't defeating Iraq insurgents
forces haven't been able to stop the insurgents' intimidation of Iraqi
voters, candidates and others who want to participate in the elections.
Agenda for Global Military Domination
Army Ready to Snap by Bob Herbert, The NY Times
Interview with Veteran War Correspondent Chris Hedges YES!
editor Sarah Ruth van Gelder asked Chris Hedges to draw on his years spent
in war zones to reflect on the experiences of young Americans now fighting
Open Letter from Sam Hamill September 11, 2004 Sam Hamill is
from Port Townsend WA and created Poets Against the War
and the Vets hear a sample of "Touch A Name On the Wall"
- these country/folk style songs about peace, sung by members of Veterans
War Websites by The Guardian
by Michael T. McPhearson, Executive Director of Veterans For
Northwest Memorial in Tacoma
NW - Memorials sponsored by VFP92 and VFP109
NW Memorial - Olympia WA October 16-17 Veterans For Peace - Rachel
Corrie Chapter 109 held a 24 hour memorial after a somber procession through
downtown Olympia carrying crosses representing more than a 1,000 service
people who have die in Iraq.
NW Video a joint project between VFP chapter 92 http://www.vfp92.org
and EPJC in Kirkland/Redmond.
West - Not in his Name Daniel Kelly, Veterans For Peace
West - Santa Monica on Memorial Day Weekend
West Sho ws Tragedy of Iraq War Arlington West will continue to
grace the sands of Santa Monica until the Iraq war ends. It would take miles
of beach to memorialize all of the Iraqis killed in this war.
band forced to adapt after musicians go to war [Note: as a
former bandsman 1966-1969, I just had to post this one--Dennis] It is not
easy playing Sousa when half your woodwinds and a quarter of your brass are
in Iraq...The 199th Army Band currently has openings in all sections."
Having Difficulty Meeting Recruiting Goals
Having Difficulty Meeting Recruiting Goals
- Army Manual to Skip Geneva
Detainee Rule http://www.truthout
shtml and http://www.latimes.
headlines By Julian E. Barnes The Los Angeles Times Sunday 04 June
Plans to Keep Iraq Troop Level Through '06 Troop strength in Iraq is
expected to stay at the current level of about 120,000 for at least two more
years, according to the Army's top operations officer.
Roy Public Power in the Age of Empire: War, Resistance and the Presidency
famed Indian author and activist Arundhati Roy speaking in San
Francisco, California on August 16th, 2004 Watch
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Herbert: Rumsfeld and the degradation of the U.S. military
Written by VFP Members
Social Forum Dennis Kucinich speaks about a Peace Platform
Ranks: An Interview with Mike Hoffman 10/11/04
Their Silence Families of
troops have long adhered to a clan code that prohibits speaking out against
a war. Now some are going public over
. LA Times 10/6/04
Agree to Revive 'Alternative Service' Draft Programs Leaders of the
Church of the Brethren say they will follow through on a request from the
Selective Service to have "alternative service" programs in place
for conscientious objectors if a draft is reinstated.
the Iraq Wall
. We are building a wall listing the names, ages, and hometowns of our young
people dying in the Iraq War.
Busters and Hiroshimas
Must Be Held Accountable The Olympian editorial 12/20/05 (a must
War Against the Military by Ian Williams. In These Times. The
British Army's pay scale is twice that of the
Bureaucracy Stiffs Wounded Vets By Jim Hightower, AlterNet. Posted
March 19, 2005. A February study by Congress' bipartisan investigative arm
found that the Pentagon lacks the ability even to track the wounded, much
less assure that each of them gets the full attention they've earned in
You Imagine?: Hussein Was Right & Bush Was Wrong by Harry
Browne. The United Nations Security Council ordered
to produce a report detailing all of its biological, chemical, and nuclear
weapons — past and present. Iraqi officials complied and produced an
11,800-page report on
's weapons programs. The report described all the chemical and biological
weapons the country once had — where they came from and what was done with
them — as well as what had happened to Iraq's nuclear weapons program.
Although the report was prepared for the United Nations,
officials intercepted the report, edited
out 8,000 pages (over two thirds) of it, and delivered its Reader's
Digest version of the report to the UN. A German reporter managed to
obtain a copy of the original report from
, and then compared
it with the truncated copy the
gave to the UN. "It's a sorry state of affairs in
when you can trust the words of Saddam Hussein more than those of your own
President." -- Harry Browne
Vigils for a Thousand Fallen Soldiers
Poem - for a
soldier who died in
on April 4th, 2004
bear brunt as Samarra 'pacified'
Objector Witnessed Abuse, Killing of Iraqi Detainees at Abu Ghraib Democracy
Cockpit Video on the Strafing of Civilians in Fallujah:Pentagon
Investigating its own War Crimes
Recruiting and Know
All You Can Know - Truth in Recruiting
the Casualties American armed forces have long stated that they do
not keep track of how many people have been killed in the current conflict
and, furthermore, that determining such a number is impossible. Not
and Cindy Corrie Video Interview on Every Church a Peace Church [Note:
Craig is a member of VFP109]
the lot of us Scott Ritter, former senior weapons inspector in
for the United Nations and a former major in the U.S. Marines.
Media Literacy in Times of War Analyze sources, word choice, and
point of view for bias. Examine how different media offer radically
different reports on civilian casualties and anti-war protests
Identify conservative, liberal, and progressive political perspective.
of Shame Bob Herbert NY Times Nov 1, 2004 "That
people are dying by the tens of thousands in a war that did not have to be
fought - a war that was launched by the
- is mind-boggling. Also mind-boggling is the attempt by Republican Party
elements to return the
to the wretched days of the mid-20th century when many black Americans faced
harassment, intimidation and worse for daring to exercise their fundamental
right to vote."
in Falluja Embedded with the Marines in
by Evan Wright November 24 - 30, 2004
in Fallujah rising, doctors say January 4, 2005
Presents Resolution to Governor Gregoire's Office
Kyne Charged with 8 Counts at RNC [Ed.:5 of the 14 people from
who were at the RNC were also charged.
Kyne If you missed hearing Dennis speak in
, check out his website.
the Troops a Secret Ballot NY Times Op-Ed Sept 3rd. Members
of the military will be allowed to vote this year by faxing or e-mailing
their ballots - after waiving their right to a secret ballot.
Uranium - a growing collection of resources
Uranium Articles a growing collection of articles on Depleted
Uranium Articles a growing collection of articles on Depleted
Iraq to Save it Michael Kinsley, LA Times. It was a terrible
mistake and it's a terrible mess, but we can't just walk away from it —
was actually the pro-war position during
the U.S. Commit War Crimes in Viet Nam? - Interesting article
created in response to veterans angry at Kerry's anti-war statements when he
with Scott Ritter by Bob Rudolph
Action - Civil Disobedience in Eugene OR
and Dishonored: Shortchanging America's Veterans
George Hill Speaks Out on Depleted Uranium Not all physicians agree
with the Physician for Social Responsibility report on Depleted Uranium.
Read Dr. Hill's letter to
the PSR (.doc)
Election. Ever. By William Rivers Pitt t r u t h o
u t | Perspective Sep 10
life in Baghdad: An Iraqi woman's account (Le Monde, Feb. 4)
published this pseudonymous account of everyday life in
, written by a 49-year-old middle-class woman with a family and a job,
describing her everyday life in
. -- "Nadia Ahmed" describes an existence completely
dominated by fear. -- Not particularly political herself, she
opposes the fundamentalists, but hates the war, despises Americans and
sympathizes with the resistance to the occupation.
Director Position Open The Board of Directors of Veterans For Peace
hereby announces an immediate opening in the position of Executive Director,
to be filled early in 2005, and invites applications.
Says Public Version of Saddam Capture Fiction A former U.S. Marine
who participated in capturing ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein said the
public version of his capture was fabricated.
Chronicles Follow Wes & Judy's Blog on their journey in the
See picture of Judy
Linehan in Trafalgar Square Peace Camp speaking out on behalf of
Military Families Speak Out. Way to go, Judy! While we marched in
, Judy addressed a Peace rally in Stockhom,
on March 19, 2005, the 2nd Anniversary of the Iraq War. Also see George
Galloway with Wes & Judy. Gordon Gentle
soldier killed) Judy and Wes demonstrate with Rose Gentle, mother of Gordon.
Photo of Wes at a recent vigil
bombings showing solidarity with the Muslim community. Parliament
Square Vigil Photo of Wes at
Anti-War Protest Sep 24
Falluja battle scars BBC News 11/15/2004
of the Fallen
Portraits of U.S. service members who have died in
since the beginning of the war.
Napalmed [Ed.:This is one report coming out of the
I would like more verification, but felt it necessary to post now.]
Health Damage The Nation [from the December 13, 2004 issue]
of Iraq War Dead Target Bush in Ads September 29th
Pay the Price Bob Herbert NY Times. 4-year-old named Jack
Shanaberger, whose father was killed in an ambush in March, told his mother
he didn't want to be a father when he grew up. "I don't want to be a
daddy," he said, "because daddies die."
of Iraq Abuse Whistleblower Threatened
Free Iraq--The Responsibility of Withdrawal
Steps for Withdrawal from Iraq
but Organized, Iraq Veterans Turn War Critics NY Times, Jan
For Our Troops: Baird Proposes $1.3 Billion Increase for VA Services
for Returning Soldiers Congressman Brian Baird
Marine offers cautionary war story
veteran Jimmy Massey tells of combat's horrors at
Lewis soldier's family urges Gregoire to oppose deployment
Camilo Mejia On May 21, 2004, 28-year-old Sgt. Camilo Mejia was
sentenced to one year in prison for refusing to return to fight in
. Camilo spent six months in combat in
, then returned for a 2-week furlough to the
. There he reflected on what he had seen, including the abuse of prisoners
and the killing of civilians. He concluded that the war was illegal and
immoral, and decided that he would not return. In March 2004 he turned
himself in to the
military and filed an application for conscientious objector status.
TV Program Library over 50 online videos.
Out of Iraq: A Letter to the US Peace Movement Mike Kress is
an Air Force veteran (87-94) who served in the
(Operation Southern Watch) and left the military as a conscientious
Fightback This site aims to be a resource for military people
and their families who want to Fightback! NO WAR!
Rights Hotline 800-394-9544 provides information to
servicemembers about military discharges, grievance and complaint
procedures, and other civil rights.
Magazine Seeks Photos from those who served in Iraq GQ magazine will
publish a photo essay in March, made up entirely of pictures taken by
members of the
military. We want to show
what the war looks like to the men and women who have fought it, the people
who live it, instead of relying on journalists. We will pay you between $200
to $1,000 for each picture published (depending on the size your pictures
Milestone by Cindy Sheehan
Got More Than Many Bargained For
for VFP-ALL eGroup
- Haji Ali and U.S. Prisons
in Iraq Haji is the person in the
famous picture from Abu Ghraib Prison, a hooded detainee standing on a stool
with electrical wires attached to his body.
It From the Troops Operation Truth. Your place to get the real
stories from the men and women who have served.
Time Bush Defines the Enemy By
Ronald Bruce St John.
now has some 5 million people on its terrorism watch list. By listing
virtually every terrorist organization in the world and every person in
those organizations thought capable of a terrorist act, we have lost focus
and created a bureaucratic nightmare.
Americans Were Seduced by War Paul Craig Roberts. Sooner or
later Americans will realize that they have been led to defeat in a
pointless war by political leaders who they inattentively trusted. They have
been misinformed by a sycophantic corporate media too mindful of advertising
revenues to risk reporting truths branded unpatriotic by the propagandistic
slogan, "you are with us or against us."
Dare Some Say, 'Support our Troops'? by J. Kamilewicz, whose son is
being deployed to
. "...please know that you will be in my shoes or his shoes unless
you ask questions and demand answers of those in power."
the Commander-in-Chief Really Supports Veterans
The U.S. Murdered a City Fallujah: The Truth at Last
to End the Iraq War By Tom Hayden, AlterNet
to End the War Naomi Klein
Am Too Poor For War a poem by David Inkey
Support the Troops Bill Shein,
Good Conscience - An Interview with Conscientious Objector Aidan
war's name, public loses info Federal agencies under the Bush
administration are sweeping vast amounts of public information behind a
curtain of secrecy in the name of fighting terrorism, using 50 to 60 loosely
defined security designations that can be imposed by officials as
low-ranking as government clerks.
of Wounded Strains VA Claims Backlog Besets Returning
Troops. Oct 3
alleged violations of law in Fallujah attack By Jim
McDermottT and Richard Rapport [Also hear Mike McCormick KEXP (20 minutes,
with Karen Parker Esq.]
abuse witness were told not to talk, memo says St. Louis
Post-Dispatch December 08, 2004
and the U.S. Legacy By Colonel Daniel Smith,
(Ret.) | November 26, 2004
Coalition Casualties [Very inclusive, comprehensive site]
Veteran Champions the Cause of Iraq's Orphans Jonathan
Powers is heading up War Kids Relief.
veteran speaks out against war Former Marine tells ND crowd his
experience reshaped his perspective.
Veterans Against the War committed to saving lives and ending the
by an immediate withdrawal of all occupying forces.
War Coverage Reminds Me of Vietnam by John R. MacArthur
Anyone Ever Prepared To Kill? Christian Science Monitor article
panel calls for 'first strike' capability
Unarmed Iraqis, Ex-Marine Tells Hearing
deserter was right to flee his post, immigration and refugee board told
All You Can Know Action Team
Iraq Col. Dan Smith,
me fight my monsters' My Name Is Rachel Corrie is at the
SW1 until April 30. We've tried to do justice to the whole of Rachel:
neither saint nor traitor, both serious and funny, messy and talented,
devastatingly prescient and human and whole. Or, in her own words,
"scattered and deviant and too loud". We chose Rachel's words
rather than those of the thousands of Palestinian or Israeli victims because
of the quality and accessibility of the writing: as Rickman says, "The
activist part of her life is absolutely matched by the imaginative part of
her life. I've no doubt at all that had she lived there would have been
novels and plays pouring out of her." The tragedy is that we'll hear no
more from Rachel Corrie. April
7, 2005 - April 30, 2005 "My
Name Is Rachel" Play in
. Read Wes' review of "My
Name is Rachel Corrie." Wes and Judy attended the play with the
. Links to reviews in The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/reviews/story/0,,1459252,00.html
Them Eat Bombs Terry Jones is a film director, actor and Python. He
is the author of Terry Jones' War on the War on Terror
From Iraq to Michael Moore
to the Editor Most newspapers will publish 225 word letters
each month. Let's use this opportunity to promote the values of VFP. Larry
Kerschner Writes Larry, a member of VFP109, frequently writes
letters to the Editor that challenge one's thinking. Bob
Rudolph Writes letters to the editor from Steilacoom.
Down the Troops Bob
Times. 10/29/04 This has been a war run by amateurs and incompetents.
Whatever anyone has felt about the merits of the war, there is no excuse for
preparing so poorly and for failing to see, at a minimum, that the troops
were properly trained and equipped.
of Interest to VFP
- Listen to samplers of War
Music by County Joe McDonald in RealAudio
format: Sampler 1
of the Flies A Russian newspaper reporter from "Zavtra"
happened to be in Fallujah, besieged by American troops. He escaped from the
destroyed city and sent this report.
More Troops To Iraq... After the Election Ray McGovern
in Iraq: the new antiwar veteran The Boston Globe
back from Iraq says No More Bush
protest of Iraq war divides community Former
military recruiter returns from battle with unsettling story.
of Conscience by Sgt. Kevin Benderman. I cannot tell anyone
else how to live his or her life, but I have determined how I want to live
mine – by not participating in war any longer, as I feel that it is stupid
and against everything that is good about our world.
Day 2006 Message by Michael T.
McPhearson, Executive Director of Veterans For
March for Peace Numerous peace groups came together in
10/2/04 for the Trail of Mourning from
to the White House.
threatens to bankrupt U.S. economically and morally By Reed M. Smith
of Toys and Its Effects a pdf presentation of the growing military
influence on toys
Families continue to Speak Out: Bring Them Home NOW! Nov 3
Families Speak Out an organization of people who are opposed to war
in Iraq and who have relatives or loved ones in the military.
Families; Impact with Loved Ones Deployed to Iraq By
Pollution: The Quintessential Universal Soldier The U.S. Department
of Defense is the largest polluter in the world, producing more hazardous
waste than the five largest
chemical companies combined.
Recruiters Lie About Dangers In Iraq Video:
Watch Dave Wagner's Report
Explosives! Watch KSTP Video Forget CNN's spin. 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS
news have compelling coverage.
research urged for Gulf War illness Seattle
PI, Nov 12
than 100,000 Iraqis have died - and where is our shame and rage? By
Scott Ritter The Guardian 1 November 2004
before and after the 2003 invasion of Iraq:cluster sample survey an
authoritative study of Les Roberts et al of the John Hopkins School of
Public Health on the deaths of Iraqi civilians, published by The Lancet
(Online Medical Journal based in the
Thugs - Transcript of remarks made by Cindy Sheehan, a member of
Gold Star Families For Peace. - April 4, 2005
Husband Was Ordered to Shoot at Small Children Who Threw Rocks Monica
Benderman See also:Today
MY Husband Went to His Commanding Officer by Monica Benderman My
Thoughts Concerning Iraq and Going Back a Second Time By: SGT Kevin
Experience In Baghdad 2004-2005 A Baghdad MP shares his experiences
and his thoughts about the Iraq War.
and Reality of War by Chris Hedges
petty officer in San Diego refuses war duty
To Deploy Ships Near N. Korea September 25 ABOARD THE
USS CORONADO - In the first step toward erecting a multi-billion-dollar
shield to protect the
from foreign missiles, the U.S. Navy will begin deploying state-of-the-art
destroyers to patrol the waters off North Korea
as early as next week.
900 U.S. Kids Lost a Parent in War After studying casualty reports
and obituaries and accounts in hometown newspapers, and also conducting
family interviews, Scripps Howard News Service has identified nearly 900
children who have lost a parent in the war.
Child Left Unrecruited: Rep. Jim McDermott Seeks to Protect Students From
Military Recruiters [first 13 minutes followed by an interview with
Embeds at Landstuhl Far from the battleground, and the eyes of
reporters and cameramen, almost 500 wounded U.S. military personnel have
been airlifted to Germany for medical treatment since the start of the
Fallujah offensive. Despite claims that the heavy fighting has ended,
another 46 arrived on Monday.
Stars, Just Cuffs Instead of a gold star, Sue Niederer, 55, of
, got handcuffed, arrested and charged with a crime for daring to challenge
the Bush policy in
, where her son, Army First Lt. Seth Dvorin, 24, died in February while
attempting to disarm a bomb.
the 2,000th US Death in Iraq by Fernando Suarez
Solar. On March 27, 2003, just seven days after the illegal occupation of
began, the fifth
casualty (and the second Latino) fell -- my son Jesús Alberto Suarez del
Letter from Fernando Suarez How much longer? How many lives, how
many families, how many orphaned children will be traumatized before this
immoral war based on lies comes to an end? ?cuantas vidas,cuantas
familias, cuantos niños huerfanos mas sera necesario para poner fin a esta
guerra inmoral basada en mentiras?
Out - Know All You Can Know
Torture Jane Mayer, The New Yorker The secret history of
’s “extraordinary rendition” program. 2/7/05
Woman Who Lost Son in War Returns from Jordan
Activist Veterans Demonstrate Outside Military Entrance Station Chapter
Can Spread Freedom Helen Thomas, Hearst White House columnist
Prayer an OpEd in The Olympian on Jan 7 by Cheryl Crist
a comprehensive online resource for soldiers wishing to become
Blocks Site for Voters Outside U.S. This is really disturbing
to hear. Update:
The agency said the changes were made in response to concerns.
creating student database WASHINGTON — The Defense
Department yesterday began working with a private marketing firm to create a
database of all U.S. college students as well as high-school students
between ages 16 and 18, to help the military identify potential recruits in
a time of dwindling enlistment.
is Lying Its Way Out of an Unwinnable War -- Again Retired US Army
Colonel David Hackworth is a syndicated columnist.
Wants Women In Combat Friday, Dec. 10, 2004
Bad For Vets a collection of progressive articles
Defies Orders in Iraq A 17-member Army Reserve platoon with troops
and around the Southeast deployed to
is under arrest for refusing a "suicide mission" to deliver fuel,
the troops' relatives said Thursday.
of Olympia The Coast Guard is
establishing a security zone in Budd
to protect Department of Defense
assets and military cargo in
. This security zone, when enforced
by the Captain of the Port Puget
Sound, will regulate traffic in the vicinity
of military cargo loading operations
in the navigable waters of the
Register / Vol. 69, No. 237 /
Friday, December 10, 2004 / Rules and Regulations. Why? The Government
stated: Background and Purpose
Hostile entities continue to operate
with the intent to harm U.S. National
Security by attacking or sabotaging national
Government Accounting Office report confirms key 2004 stolen election
findings by Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman October 26, 2005
of War At best, war is the failure of leaders to resolve conflicts.
At worst, war is a massive money-generating machine that has no regard for
apologizes for speakers at Veterans Day assembly
Two members of Veterans for Peace got a standing ovation when
they addressed a high-school Veterans Day assembly, but their appearance
prompted a letter of apology from the principal.
in the Military? Some recent polls estimate that while service
members do favor a conservative ideology, the margin is much smaller: 52 to
Anti-War My Experiences as a Conscientious Objector and the
Launching of Peace-Out.Com. by Perry O'Brien
the war, not the warriors by Andrew Borene, a University law
student and adviser to Operation Truth
Pay Tribute to Fallen Troops More than 1,100 flag-draped symbolic
coffins line the reflecting pool at the base of the Lincoln Memorial on
Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004 in
. Sponsored by Quakers, VFP, and MFSO.
We are just beginning to learn more about PTSD and how it impacts
Corrie Memorial Website
Cross slams Iraq fighting
(AP) -- The International Red Cross is "deeply concerned" with the
killing of civilians and non-combatants in
and the apparent failures by all sides to respect humanitarian law.
My Humanity By Camilo Mejia. He was convicted of
desertion by the
military for refusing to return to the war in
and was imprisoned. Mejia was released from prison on February 15th.
or Face Deployment
- Soldiers from a
combat unit say they have been issued an ultimatum - re-enlist for three
more years or be transferred to other units expected to deploy to
fear for forgotten war wounded U.K. Relatives fear for forgotten war
Rachel Corrie: Justice Still Not Served Elizabeth Corrie.
"As we approach March 16, residents and citizens of the United States
should ask themselves how it is that an unarmed United States citizen can be
killed with impunity by a soldier from an allied nation receiving massive
United States aid, using a product manufactured in the United States by a
United States corporation and paid for with United States tax dollars. When
three Americans were killed, presumably by Palestinians, in an explosion on
October 15, 2003 as they traveled through
, the FBI arrived within 24 hours to investigate the deaths. After one year,
neither the FBI, nor any other US-led team has done anything to investigate
the death of an American, knowingly killed by an Israeli."
Press McClellan on Secret CIA Report on Iraq 6/22/05 Editor &
Publisher. According to the classified CIA report, the
insurgency poses an international threat and may produce better trained
Islamic terrorists than the 1980s
war that gave rise to Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda.
Guide: Veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom
for "Challenging Be All You Can Be"
Fallujans will face clampdown By Anne Barnard, Globe Staff |
December 5, 2004
veterans paint grim picture of war's toll Chicago Sun Times
Kids Go to College, Poor Ones to Baghdad By Tom Woodward
Ran their own private detention center This
is scary reading. I learned that 5 of the 20 people from
were arrested while protesting in NYC.
Francisco Voters Ban Military Recruiters in Schools By a strong
voters approved Proposition I, which bans military recruiters from public
schools. The measure also asks the city government to consider funding
scholarships for education and training that could provide an alternative to
military service (but doesn't mandate any such funding).
- It Takes Real Courage to Desert Your Post and
Then Attack a Wounded Vet Michael
Draft and Military Counseling Center
of the Truth, Veterans’ reflections on war, healing and
Fulfilling Prophecy of Occupation by Joe Carr who was with Rachel
Corrie when she was murdered. Joe is now with CPT in
Kevin Benderman, An American Hero by Hon. Cynthia McKinney,
Crosses on a Santa Monica Beach by NPR All Things Considered Jan 15, 2005
Disciplined for Unauthorized Use of Military Vehicles Darrell
Birt, a former chief warrant officer with the 656th Transportation Company,
is among six reservists who were recourt-martialed and dishonorably
discharged for using abandoned vehicles to accomplish a support mission in
new mission is exposing risk of depleted uranium
Dennis Kyne interview in
on the Murder of Rachel Corrie
Our Troops: Bring Them Home Howard Zinn. The reason is simple: Our
presence there is a disaster for the American people and an even bigger
disaster for the Iraqi people.
dissent is not enough by Camilo Mejia
No Prisoners Very disturbing video of killing a wounded Iraqi. No
Geneva Convention here.
Bonus Army' Lesson "The enduring legacy of the Bonus
Army," write Dickson and Allen, "goes well beyond the GI Bill ...
(They) taught an American lesson to those who fretted over revolution: If
you have a grievance, take it to Washington, and if you want to be heard,
bring a lot of people with you."
Bonus Army In 1932 45,000 World War
I veterans marched on
demanding bonus pay promised to them at the end of the war. The protest was
not a one-day or one-weekend event. It gripped
, newspapers and ended after active soldiers were ordered to drive them out
Case Against George W. Bush By
casualties of war go far beyond the battlefields Rev. Daniel J.
Webster, Salt Lake Tribune (
Civilians We Killed by Michael Hoffman, took part in the invasion of
as a US Marine and is co-founder of Iraq Veterans Against the War ( http://www.ivaw.net
- The Costs of War at Walter
Costs of War-Letters from the Home Front Teri Wills Allison, a
massage therapist and a member of Military Families Speak Out, lives near
Effect of the War in Iraq on America's Security by Senator Ted
Enemy Is Us In war, you deny information, spread lies and use
psychological warfare. An expert on military information operations explains
how Bush has mastered this technique -- and used it against the American
Faces of 1,000 Soldiers The editors and staff of t r u t h o u
t offer our deepest and most profound condolences to the families of the men
and women who have fallen in
Forgotten Wounded of Iraq by Ron Kovic ("Born on the
Fourth of July")
killing has got to stop Joe Colgan, father of Lt. Benjamin
Colgan, who was killed in action in
on Nov. 1, 2003.
Lies That Led to War Juan Cole May 19, 2005
New Face of Protest? "But we're the vets who've been there and
fought, and it seems it's hard for us to be dismissed. We've been to
. We've seen it. We know it's wrong. We have to end it." He shrugs and
raises his hands, palms up, as if he holds a tidy package. "It's very
simple. There's not a lot of other issues we're talking about."
Price of Valor Dan Baum on PTSD
Rebuilding Alliance Please Help Rebuild the Nasrallah
Family's Home, that Rachel Sought to Safeguard.
Resource Guide for Veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom
provided by Veterans for Common Sense, a non-partisan veterans'
Salvador Option' The Pentagon May Put Special-Forces-led Assassination or
Kidnapping Teams in Iraq by Michael Hirsh and John Barry. One
Pentagon proposal would send Special Forces teams to advise, support and
possibly train Iraqi squads, most likely hand-picked Kurdish Peshmerga
fighters and Shiite militiamen, to target Sunni insurgents and their
sympathizers, even across the border into
, according to military insiders familiar with the discussions.
Skies Are Weeping,' a cantata by Philip Munger
Text of cantata honoring Rachel; link to audio
Tragedy of American Diplomacy in Iraq by Carl Mirra
terror of President Bush How one word granted one man so much power
and control by Mike Adams 02/08/06
Uncounted Pentagon Confirms 15,000 Injured and
War Casualties Hit 25,000
Unfeeling President by novelist E.L. Doctorow. The president we
get is the country we get. With each president the nation is conformed
spiritually. He is the artificer of our malleable national soul. He proposes
not only the laws but the kinds of lawlessness that govern our lives and
invoke our responses. The people he appoints are cast in his image. The
trouble they get into and get us into, is his characteristic trouble.
Unknown Soldiers By Lakshmi Chaudhry Thursday 21 October 2004 The
reality of the suffering in
has been rendered invisible by media hype and partisan battle. One doctor,
who has treated some of the thousands, speaks about the war wounded.
US falls for the Soviet trap in Iraq The war in Iraq may cost
more than the invasion of Afghanistan, writes Amin Saikal.
victims of the tsunami pay the price of war on Iraq US and British
aid is dwarfed by the billions both spend on slaughter
War Comes Home: Vets find acceptance, help from their fellows M.L.
Lyke, Seattle PI, November 1, 2004
War is the War Crime - Abused Iraqis, Abused Americans A Special
Investigation by CorpWatch
what the war looks like when it is not cleaned up by the media [warning:
graphic photos. This is what war is all about]
for U.S. to withdraw By Neil Abercrombie and Dennis J. Kucinich
Still Routine in Iraqi Jails, Report Says Reuters
from These Podia Summary of a Study of Strategic Influence,
Perception Management, Strategic Information Warfare and Strategic
Psychological Operations in Gulf II.
Worth Telling by Daniel Ellsberg
programs Howard Zinn and Daniel Ellsberg from the Veterans for Peace
National Convention in
, July 23, 2004
Years: Families of Soldiers Killed in Iraq Gather Near Fort Bragg on March
Congressman Jim McDermott's Recommendations for Veterans For Peace
Marines execute an Iraqi to the cheers of fellow marines [graphic video]
Military Personnel Growing Critical of the War in Iraq By GEORG
MASCOLO and SIEGESMUND VON
Times. Originally published in Der Spiegel Jan 17, 2005
Repeats U.K. Failure in Iraq The U.S. Air Force's senior officer,
Gen. John Jumper, stated
warplanes would remain in
to fight resistance forces and protect the American-installed regime
"more or less indefinitely." Jumper's bombshell went largely
unnoticed due to Hurricane Katrina. Gen. Jumper let the cat out of the bag.
While President George Bush hints at eventual troop withdrawals, the
Pentagon is busy building four major, permanent air bases in
that will require heavy infantry protection.
soldiers' grilling fields More talk
heard of desertion, disgruntlement
Troop Level In Iraq To Grow Deployments Will Be Extended for
Fire - Haunted by Memories of War, A Soldier Battles The Army By
Lynne Duke Washington Post Staff Writer Monday, November 1, 2004; Page C01
Weapons' Used in Fallujah By Dahr Jamail [ed.:more on the ground
reporting is needed to verify this report]
Troops Improvise to Find Way Out NY Times 3/18/05
admits the war for ‘hearts and minds’ in Iraq is now lost THE
Pentagon has admitted that the war on terror and the invasion and occupation
of Iraq have increased support for al-Qaeda, made ordinary Muslims hate the
US and caused a global backlash against America because of the
“self-serving hypocrisy” of George W Bush’s administration over the
Army plagued by desertion and plunging morale Times Online December
families of dead raise 600,000 dollars for Fallujah refugees Families
of US troops killed in the offensive on the Iraqi city of
are to travel to
next week with 600,000 dollars worth of humanitarian aid for refugees of the
Military to Build Four Giant New Bases in Iraq by Michael Howard in
stays away from landmine conference NAIROBI : For the first time
since it entered into force five years ago, the international treaty to ban
anti-personnel landmines comes up for review here, but no official US
delegates will be present among the hundreds of diplomats, campaigners and
strikes raze Falluja hospital November 6, 2004 BBC News
War Crimes and the Legal Case for Military Resistance join our
soldiers of conscience on May 10th, a national day of resistance.
War with Iran has Already Begun - Scott Ritter It is bitter irony
that the CIA is using a group still labelled as a terrorist organisation, a
group trained in the art of explosive assassination by the same intelligence
units of the former regime of Saddam Hussein, who are slaughtering American
soldiers in Iraq today, to carry out remote bombings in Iran of the sort
that the Bush administration condemns on a daily basis inside Iraq...To the
north, in neighboring Azerbaijan, the US military is preparing a base of
operations for a massive military presence that will foretell a major
land-based campaign designed to capture Tehran...US military planners have
already begun war games calling for the deployment of multi-divisional
forces into Azerbaijan.
Turner Joy - Gulf of Tonkin 40th Anniversary Rally Five
VFPRCC109 members attended the VFP Rally in
to participate with VFP #92 friends to mark the 40 year old lie that
escalated the VietNam War. The story appeared in the
Address the Nation [Watch]
Coinciding with the DNC, the Veterans for Peace also held their national
last summer. On the evening of July 23rd, 2004, at the Historic Faneuil
Hall, the veterans addressed the nation. This evening included personal,
heartfelt stories by members of Military Families Speak Out and Iraq
Veterans Against the War, plus music by David Rovics and Charlie King with
Karen Brandow. [52 minutes] Absolutely must see!
and Lessons Learned - a Veteran's Day reflection from Woody
for Peace Create Expanding War Memorial On California Beachhead 3/26/05
Issues Congressman Brian Baird
of Iraq war join forces to protest US invasion The Boston
Globe, September 2nd
Protest War in Bush's Hometown September 29th
It's Time to Fight Again (4 Letters) NY Times Editorials/Op-Ed March
endorses petition for legal action against the United States
File: Rise in Remembrance held in Laurelhurst park (
) to honor the
soldiers killed in
. This is an 8 1/2 minute video of a little of those speakers and music. DSL/CABLE
Peace Movie 2 minutes AFSC's online movie tells the truth about the
ongoing loss of life in
-- and encourages viewers to sign their petition to bring the troops home.
Up by Cindy Sheehan
Reed, writing in The American
Conservative. The nearly perfect separation between
the military and the rest of the country, or at least the influential in the
country, is wonderful for the war effort. It prevents concern. How many
people with a college degree even know a soldier?
destroying values and lives Don Megnin, Ph.D., a retired professor
of international politics, lives in
has cost 100,000 Iraqi lives: Lancet study New Zealand News 29.10.2004
and also reported by Reuters
Helps Recruit Terrorists, Hill Told "Islamic extremists
are exploiting the Iraqi conflict to recruit new anti-U.S. jihadists,"
CIA Director Porter J. Goss told the Senate Select Committee on
Planned 'Months Before Vote' September 29th
State Pays High Cost For War from www.nationalpriorities.org
's Costs of Iraq War = $26,203,317 (based on the contribution of each
state’s residents to the total tax collection, according to the IRS)
Are Winter Soldiers great letter to the editor in
newspapers. Gene Glazer, VFP,
Hamilton at DNC
a bonus isn’t a bonus, Murray fires
– The Pentagon has reneged on its offer to pay a $15,000 bonus to members
of the National Guard and Army Reserve who agree to extend their enlistments
by six years, according to Sen. Patty Murray (D-Seattle). [George Hill
spotted this in the News Tribune.]
Dying in Our War? The answer is Army Reservists and National
Guardsmen such as Californian Patrick McCaffrey.
Iraq Will End as Vietnam Did In international life, an armed force
that keeps beating down on a weaker opponent will be seen as committing a
series of crimes; therefore it will end up by losing the support of its
allies, its own people, and its own troops.
we cannot win By Al Lorentz, a
reservist currently serving in
. "...the current administration is more concerned with its image than
it is with reality, it prefers symbolism to substance: soldiers are dying
here and being maimed and crippled for life. It is tragic, indeed criminal
that our elected public servants would so willingly sacrifice our nation's
prestige and honor as well as the blood and treasure to pursue an agenda
that is ahistoric and un-Constitutional." [note: this is a 'must
2004 VFP Newsletter .pdf file loads slowly. 16 pages with photos.
speaking for soldiers who said no to convoy "He can't speak
because he has to live that life in the military right now," Patricia
McCook said of her husband. "I'm his voice on the outside, and there is
nothing the military can do about it." They want the world to
know their husbands would not have refused an order unless it was a
"suicide mission," they said.
Tribunal on Iraq: Media Held Guilty of Deception by Dahr Jamail. "Bush
Lied, My Son Died"
About The Draft? .pdf flyer on Glen Anderson's October 19th
If you know someone
returning from Iraq or Afghanistan that may be having trouble, this is a good
site to start: Not All Wounds Are Visible - PTSD Alliance
HOW TO GET HELP
Returning Iraq soldiers can get access to vet-to-vet support groups,
individual mental-health therapy and treatment for nightmares, sleeplessness,
depression and stress disorders through a variety of local providers.
The VA Puget Sound Health Care System branch in Seattle has a special
deployment health clinic to handle mental and physical post-combat evaluation
and treatment. It also offers individual, marital and family counseling, social
services and help with obtaining benefits. Call 206-764-2636.
The Seattle VA also has a separate clinic for female vets. Call 206-768-5314.
Washington State VA's PTSD Program offers counseling throughout the state. Call
800-562-2308. A complete list of providers is at www.dva.wa.gov;
click on "PTSD."
Help is available at Fort Lewis through the Madigan Army Medical Center
behavioral health department: 253-968-2700.
Veterans Outreach Centers are located in Seattle, 206-553-2706; Tacoma,
253-565-7038; and Bellingham, 360-733-9226.
The Army Source One Hot Line offers soldiers and their families 24-hour
confidential consultation and referral, seven days a week, as well as free,
private, in-person counseling sessions in local communities. 800-464-8107.
Americans need to
tie a “Yellow Ribbon” around their memories, when veterans are eventually
dumped off at V.A. hospitals around the United States. - Mike Hastie, U.S. Army Medic, Vietnam 1970-71
[Times photo: Kathleen Flynn ]
|Lisset Greene her son Anthony Rivera, 6, and her daughter
19-month-old Laila Greene visit the grave of their husband and father
Curtis Greene who committed suicide in December after returning from
serving in Iraq.
My Dead Body' She has not seen his suicide letter, which she
was told is being held as evidence in an ongoing investigation.
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