Category Archives: Soldiers – Troops

Radical Peace: People Refusing War, Ch. 15: Coming Home by William T. Hathaway

Warning: for mature readers only

by William T. Hathaway
Writer, Dandelion Salad
August 21, 2015

No War Collage

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Coming Home
From the book
Radical Peace: People Refusing War
By William T. Hathaway
Published by Trine Day

RADICAL PEACE is a collection of reports from antiwar activists, the true stories of their efforts to change our warrior culture. In this chapter a mother tells of her son’s return from combat. She wishes to remain anonymous.

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War – Parts 5-7: Keeping the Old Game Alive-Conventional War + Notes on Nuclear War + Goodbye War (1983)

Nuclear Extinction

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These videos may contain images depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be viewed by a mature audience.

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War – Part 5: Keeping the Old Game Alive-Conventional War

RonRbc on Jun 25, 2013

Part 5 of the award-winning 1983 series, written, produced, and presented by renowned Canadian historian Gwynne Dyer. This episode concerns the interaction of conventional and nuclear war, and how one becomes another.

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War – Part 4: The Deadly Game of Nations (1983)

Rally and March for Gaza 8/2/14

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RonRbc on Jun 24, 2013

Part 4 of the brilliant seven-part miniseries on war by renowned Canadian historian Gwynne Dyer. Originally broadcast in 1983. This episode investigates how the structure and operation of the international system interacts with war.

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War – Part 3: The Profession of Arms (1983)

Rusty Antiwar Sculpture

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This video may contain images depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be viewed by a mature audience.

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RonRbc on Jun 24, 2013

Part 3 of the award winning series on the relationship of war, culture, and society, written and hosted by Canadian historian Gwynne Dyer. This episode focuses on the role of officers in the military, and the relationships between soldiers, officers, and society.

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War – Part 1: The Road to Total War (1983)

"XX-34 BADGER" atmospheric nuclear test - April 1953

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This video may contain images depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be viewed by a mature audience.

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RonRbc on Aug 28, 2012

Part 1 of the outstanding National Film Board of Canada/Gwynne Dyer series shown on PBS in 1983, in which renowned historian Gwynne Dyer traces the evolution of warfare from earlier ages to the Total War of the Twentieth Century.

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

by Lo
Editor, Dandelion Salad
originally posted July 12, 2012
May 25, 2015

resist don't enlist

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This is the most important blog post on Dandelion Salad. Please pass this on to anyone you know who may be considering enlisting as a soldier (mercenary). Stop them from selling their souls.

First is a list of the best videos with a description of the video followed by the link. Next is a short list of article links, then the archive of posts for “Before You Enlist” and websites for more information.

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Local Syria ceasefires: The way out of a US policy dead end? by Gareth Porter + US to deploy over 400 troops to train Syria insurgents


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by Gareth Porter
Writer, Dandelion Salad
crossposted at Middle East Eye
January 17, 2015

US contradictions between the Obama administration’s policy in Syria and realities on the ground have become so acute that US officials began last November discussing a proposal calling for support of local ceasefires between opposition forces and the Assad regime in dozens of locations across Syria.

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Body of War (must-see) + Iraq veteran, activist Tomas Young dies at 34

Toronto International Film Festival

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Updated: Nov. 11, 2014

TheRealNews on Sep 24, 2014

Body of War, a film by Ellen Spiro and Phil Donahue. It is an intimate and transformational feature documentary about the true face of war today.

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Ukraine: Anti-fascists Resist U.S.-backed Offensive by Greg Butterfield

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by Greg Butterfield
April 25, 2014

April 25 — Pushed and prodded by U.S. officials, the far-right coup regime in Kiev is now in the twelfth day of an on-again, off-again military offensive against the rebellious working-class cities of southeastern Ukraine.

The so-called “anti-terrorist campaign” was launched after a visit by CIA Director John Brennan to Kiev on April 12-13. Following humiliating setbacks, including the desertion of many troops the regime had believed loyal, the attack resumed immediately after U.S. Vice President Joe Biden flew to Kiev on April 22 to apply more pressure and promise more aid. Continue reading

US Killing Machine Turns On Itself by Finian Cunningham

War Is A Racket

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
April 1, 2014

When a country’s military has been turned into nothing more than a criminal killing and torture machine we should not be surprised when its own ranks in turn become seized with all sorts of psychosis and pathology.

The latest mass killing this week at the US army base in Fort Hood, Texas, in which four personnel were shot dead and 16 others injured is but another symptom of how the American military is at war with itself. Continue reading

US Navy Sailors Sue TEPCO Over Cluster-Fukushima Snafu by William Boardman

by William Boardman
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published on, December 18, 2013
December 22, 2013

Fuel Assembly Removal Process (02813602)

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“Why has this not made national headlines??? The Aircraft Carrier Ronald Reagan is nuclear powered. Radiation detection equipment did not pick up on this?? Why have these sailors and marines medical records been removed from permanent tracking. Criminal implications galore. This should be all over mainstream media. Someone please forward all these ene reports to the media…. Tepco is the lowest of snakes. Hari Kari for the lot of em!!” – Comment on enenews, August 15, 2013, by “timemachine2020”

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Who’s Excited About Another Decade in Afghanistan? by David Swanson

by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
December 12, 2013

End the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars!

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With 196 nations in the world and U.S. troops already in at least 177 of them, there aren’t all that many available to make war against. Yet it looks like both Syria and Iran will be spared any major Western assault for the moment.  Could this become a trend?  Is peace on the horizon?  Are celebrations of Nelson Mandela’s nonviolence sincere?

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Want to Buy a War? The MoD Wants to Sell You One by Lesley Docksey

by Lesley Docksey
Writer, Dandelion Salad
September 27, 2013

Syria: Stop the War march, London, 31 August 2013

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The UK Ministry of Defence is worried; worried that the public have become ‘risk averse’ to the point that we won’t want to go to war anymore; so worried that in November 2012 they wrote a report – The Implications of Current Attitudes to Risk for the Joint Operational Concept – made public today by the Guardian. The report, while purportedly studying ‘risk’, is really asking ‘How do we sell war to the public’? Continue reading

The Folly of ‘Commemorating’ War by Lesley Docksey

by Lesley Docksey (with grateful thanks to Nick Spurrier)
Writer, Dandelion Salad
September 9, 2013

Any student of history knows that many of the problems the Middle East and Africa are now experiencing stem from the Great Powers having parcelled up the land, drawn borders where none had existed and put into power various friendly leaders in the aftermath of World War I. That includes the failures of Western actions in Iraq and Libya, and the ongoing failure of Syria, the West’s refusal to accept a popular President in Bashar al Assad and its efforts to undermine him, resulting in a horrific humanitarian mess.

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Ask Why? by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
July 2, 2013

The Intensity of PTSD

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“I am sorry that it has come to this.” Thus began the searing suicide note by 30-year-old Iraq War veteran, Daniel Somers on June 10, 2013 to his wife and family.

On the other side of the violent divide are video messages from the suicide bombers – the oft-described “weapon of the weak” against U.S. soldiers and their presumed local collaborators.

In 2012 suicide by active duty American soldiers exceeded the number of U.S. combat deaths in Afghanistan. Why?

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