Archive for the ‘Anti-War’ Category

The Faces of War WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES

December 6, 2009

Open your eyes.

Images not to be forgotten. My heart goes out too all those wounded or killed as a result of the War in Iraq- our troops and the tens of thousands of innocent men, women and children in Iraq. Warn…   Images not to be forgotten. My heart goes out too all those wounded or killed as a result of the War in Iraq- our troops and the tens of thousands of innocent men, women and children in Iraq.

THE PRICE OF WAR (Warning :
contains some graphic war time images)

Warning: This video contain’s some disturbing images of war.
This is my latest video about war, and the losses that keep us all free. Music is done by Five Finger Death Punch-The Bleeding

We will live with war as long as we walk on earth!

War victims

War Casualties – Afghanistan

Generation Kill – Iraq

THE PRICE OF WAR (Warning: contains some graphic war time images)

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Graphic War Images

West Point war protest

December 2, 2009

Anti-war protesters marched outside the U.S. Military Academy where President Barack Obama outlined his planned troop buildup in Afghanistan. More than 200 prot…   Visit: http://tinyurl.com/ybdybxn/Anti-war protesters marched outside the U.S. Military Academy where President Barack Obama outlined his planned troop buildup in Afghanistan. More than 200 protesters marched a half mile to a rally at the military academy’s gates. They carried candles and protest signs saying “The audacity of torture,” “Get out now,” and “How many lives per gallon?” One protester, carrying a large cardboard bomb, wore an American flag as a cape and a mask of President Bush breaking through a mask of Obama.

First U.S. official resigns in protest over war in Afghanistan

Iraq Veterans Against the War

Iraq War Casualty Pictures

November 10, 2009

One of my referrer’s has this on his site:

Iraq War Casualty Pictures

Here is another site of interest.

U.S. Labor Against The War

We are at a turning point in US History. In 2008 the labor movement had a moment of triumph, playing a critical role in electing Barack Obama and a majority Democratic Congress. In 2009 we find ourselves still in the middle of a devastating economic crisis with wars and militarism standing between working people and the peaceful just world we seek and deserve.

The Tragedy of Our ‘Disappeared’ Veterans

August 13, 2009

OK People this is an article that merits being here. It is a subject that I wholly and totally sympathize with more so in these times of continued conflict and continued loss of young lives in what appears to be yet another escalation of military activity in Afghanistan. I hope that everyone will read the entire article and contribute by way of comments and do read the many comments that have already been posted.
Hunterseeker

Dear Reader,
Over the course of four years as an AlterNet editor, I’ve never felt the need to reach out and urge our audience to read and forward an individual article.

Until today.

That’s because today, we’re publishing the first of a three-part series by Penny Coleman. Penny argues that in the aftermath of every war that America has fought in the last century – not just this war, or that war, the bad ones or the so-called “good” ones — the psychiatric casualties (which far outnumber the physical) have disappeared from official histories and public awareness.

Where did they go? We gave Penny an opportunity to find out and she interviewed generations of veterans, advocates and policy makers, dug through archives and musty files and looked hard at what the military had to say about this question.

What she found is that traumatized veterans are systematically disappeared – into prisons and mental institutions, into cardboard boxes on our streets or pine ones when they die young from overdoses, accidents or suicide.

It’s a vitally important dynamic because our veterans are the human evidence of what war really costs. With that evidence invisible and silenced, nothing gets interrogated, and the system gets off free.

What frequently happens to these vets is another kind of “blow-back” from American Empire – one rarely discussed, but just as harmful for society as anti-American sentiment or terrorism from abroad.

I hope you’ll read, and forward today’s first article. It shows how the criminal justice system has been manipulated to hide the astonishing numbers of injured veterans in our prisons and jails. In the coming weeks, Penny will look hard at other aspects of this important story, so keep an eye out for the whole series.

Joshua Holland
Senior Editor, AlterNet.org
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The Tragedy of Our ‘Disappeared’ Veterans


By Penny Coleman, AlterNet. Posted August 12, 2009.

How the justice system has been manipulated to put astonishing numbers of vets with PTSD and other psychiatric injuries behind bars.

Wayne McMahon was busted on gun charges six months after he got out of the Marines.

He was jumped by a gang of kids in his hometown of Albany, N.Y. , and he went for the assault rifle he kept in the back of his SUV.

He’s serving “three flat, with two years of post-release” at Groveland Prison in upstate New York.  More…

Afghanistan 2009/ Obama’s Vietnam?

April 7, 2009

Will the American public turn on Afghanistan in 2009 the way they turned on Iraq in 2006?
That is a good point made by Peter Feaver in his article: Is Obama losing public support for Afghanistan?
The support of the issue is the public’s belief that the war can and will be won.

When the public believes the war can be won, then they will stomach mounting costs. When the public doesn’t, then mounting casualties cause public support to erode fairly quickly.
We have to bear in mind that the Russians fought the Afghans for 10 years from December 24, 1979- 1989 and were forced to withdraw after mounting international pressure and a great number of casualties on both sides, the Soviets withdrew in 1989.

In view of president Obama’s recent comments on American arrogance are we not being arrogant in thinking this war can be won, and at what cost? Are we to proceed with a “ Win AT All Cost attitude“? Are there not striking parallels between this and the Last days of Vietnam? Is it not the elite who stand the most to gain while the poor and middle class ( what is left of them ) continue to provide cannon fodder? Who will be the last to die for a lost cause? Speaking of which, what is it exactly that we are fighting for in Afghanistan? The Afghans? Most of them want the U.S. to leave. Let us not forget once the Russians pulled out of Afghanistan the U.S. lost interest, and the Afghans have not forgotten that! Revenge for 911? The participating authors of that crime died during the attack. The mastermind is still at large after eight years, and he might not even be there.

So what are we doing in Afghanistan? Advancing and protecting elite interest? Haven’t the American people suffered enough with the fiasco of the sub-prime mortgage scam that sent many to the streets homeless? Many of those were trying for the American Dream which turned to their American Nightmare! And what was it that precipitated that? Good old Capitalist Greed! Elite Interest. A chance to be at the top of another Pyramid scheme.
What is there in Afghanistan that is worth the lives of so many of our young men and women?

Afghanistan+More Troops=Catastrophe

More here:

Antiwar Activists Split Over Obama’s Afghanistan Policy

by Gail Russell Chaddock

Washington – The anti-war movement that helped elect Candidate Obama is in the early throes of a debate over whether to ramp up again – this time, over President Obama’s plans to step up US engagement in Afghanistan.

For many activists – on and off Capitol Hill – it’s a tough call. It’s early in a new administration, they say. Even opponents of the troop buildup in Afghanistan say that they like and still trust this president. They want to give him time.

Media covers U.S. war dead’s return after 18-year ban

April 6, 2009

This was what the Bush administration fought tooth and nail to keep from the American public and which President Obama re-instated.

The administration of President Barack Obama relaxed a Pentagon ban on media coverage of returning U.S. war dead in February, giving grieving families the choice of whether to allow cameras at the solemn arrival ceremony.

Mon Apr 6, 2009 5:00am GMT
DOVER, Delaware (Reuters) – The media was permitted on Sunday to cover the arrival of a U.S. soldier’s coffin at the Pentagon’s main mortuary in Delaware late for the first time in 18 years.

A flag-draped coffin bearing the remains of Staff Sgt. Phillip Myers arrived at Dover Air Force Base. Myers, 30, of Hopewell, Virginia, was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday by an improvised explosive device, the Pentagon said.

Obviously the Bush administration did not want a repeat of the Vietnam Era scenario in which media coverage of the war was on TV nightly and the remains of returning dead were seen on a regular basis.
Even thought they are still not permitting film coverage of the current wars at least this is a step in the right direction in letting the American Public see the actual human costs of these senseless wars!

Maybe now our young men and women will see that this is no Video Game!!!

Army Lures Civilians By Letting Them Play Soldier

October 19, 2008

The Virtual Army Experience — a traveling exhibit of the U.S. Army — has been touring the country for the past year and a half, stopping at amusement parks, air shows and county fairs. The Army, which collects information from the thousands of people who play the game, says it’s an innovative way to reach a new audience. Click here for article

But critics don’t like the idea of the military using giant videogames as a recruiting tool.

Not only are they collecting personal information of young people but they are NOT showing the flip side, the reality of war, the dead, the wounded, the broken families.

Veterans For Peace have protested against this practice. I agree with them in that we are breeding our young to become future killers without letting them know the consequences!

They are using this exhibit to make war seem like a game. This is not the sort of message our young should be getting. They should see what the true realities of war are and not be involved in fantasy games.

12 MEMBERS OF IVAW ARRESTED AT DEBATE, ONE SERIOUSLY INJURED

October 19, 2008

From the IVAW website:

One hour before the final presidential debate of the 2008 campaign, fourteen members of IVAW marched in formation to Hofstra University to present questions for the candidates. IVAW had requested permission from debate moderator Bob Schieffer to ask their questions during the debate but got no response. More…

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