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The Maimed by Chris Hedges

Video: Chris Hedges: War Exposes The Lies Of Patriotism

by Chris Hedges
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Truthdig
October 8, 2012

Occupy Military Recruiters!

Image by World Can’t Wait via Flickr

Chris Hedges gave this talk Sunday night in New York City at a protest denouncing the 11th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan. The event, at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, was led by Veterans for Peace.

Many of us who are here carry within us death. The smell of decayed and bloated corpses. The cries of the wounded. The shrieks of children. The sound of gunfire. The deafening blasts. The fear. The stench of cordite. The humiliation that comes when you surrender to terror and beg for life. The loss of comrades and friends. And then the aftermath. The long alienation. The numbness. The nightmares. The lack of sleep. The inability to connect to all living things, even to those we love the most. The regret. The repugnant lies mouthed around us about honor and heroism and glory. The absurdity. The waste. The futility.

[...]

via Truthdig


Chris Hedges spent two decades as a foreign reporter covering wars in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. His latest books are Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, Death of the Liberal Class, and The World as It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress.

Copyright © 2012 Truthdig

see

Video: Chris Hedges: War Exposes The Lies Of Patriotism

War Is Betrayal by Chris Hedges

Don’t Enlist, But Don’t Just Take My Word For It by Lo

Chris Hedges: Those who are most attracted to war are the most incapable of love

Chris Hedges and David Zucchino On War Reporting

Before You Enlist! (2006) (must-see)

Soldiers of Conscience: To kill or not to kill?

Chris Hedges: War is a Force that Gives us Meaning (2004; must-see; transcript)

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