Memorial Day Myths by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
Originally published May 30, 2018
May 27, 2019

“Memorial Day is a time to remember, appreciate, and honor the selfless patriots who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to freedom. At a time when our country seems so divided, we must not forget that it is because of their service and sacrifice that we live in the most free and prosperous nation on Earth.” —Congressman Tom Garrett

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U.S. Army: 0 — Internet: 1 by David Swanson

The Intensity of PTSD

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
May 26, 2019

The U.S. Army tweeted a harmless rah-rah tweet and got hit with a burst of reality never encountered on corporate-controlled media. Score one for the internet.

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Testimony for the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service + Draft Registration Will Be Either Ended or Imposed on Women by David Swanson

Hands Off - Pink Army - End all wars

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
April 17, 2019

I was more surprised that your commission contacted me with a kind-of, sort-of invitation to speak than that you ultimately decided not to include me. I thank you for inviting me to submit testimony.

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Will Griffin: Comedy for the Antiwar Movement

Will Griffin: Comedy for the Antiwar Movement

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by Will Griffin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Peace Report
April 16, 2019

The Peace Report on Apr 15, 2019

Jonny Lewis is the writer and director of Antiwar Comedy Shorts

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Will Griffin and Matthew Hoh: Fighting the Unwinnable War in Afghanistan, Parts 1-3

Stop the Wars! End The Afghan War Honk for Peace

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With Will Griffin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Peace Report
March 8, 2019

“For all these costs, particularly the bloody expenditure of lives, the war remains the same as it was in 2009: neither side can win and neither side will surrender. US proclamations of military success and “hard won gains” are specious and are just one of the ever present lies of war.” — Matthew Hoh

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David Swanson: US Middle East Plan + Trump’s Syria Pullout Aimed at Aggressing Iran by Finian Cunningham

David Swanson: US Middle East Plan + Trump’s Syria Pullout Aimed at Aggressing Iran by Finian Cunningham

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with David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Feb. 8, 2019
February 12, 2019

Debate: US Middle East Plan

PressTV on Feb 7, 2019

The U.S. President Donald Trump has defended his decision to withdraw troops from Syria, claiming that the U.S.-led coalition succeeded in taking nearly all territories held by Daesh terrorists. Trump, however; added that the troops would be shifted to Iraq and the U.S. would maintain its military presence there to watch Iran.

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Christmas 1914: When Rank and File Imposed Truce During Imperialist War by Henry Hagins + Balls To War

Christmas 1914: When Rank and File Imposed Truce During Imperialist War by Henry Hagins + Balls To War

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by Henry Hagins
Workers World, Dec. 16, 2014
Originally published Dec. 24, 2015
December 23, 2018

The “Christmas Truce of 1914” was a short-lived, unofficial lull in combat between two antagonistic rival forces, determined to exercise military, political and economic supremacy over each other in Europe and in the colonized world, to which these imperial powers lay arrogant false claim. One of the bloodiest episodes in human history, World War I was largely played out on the battle-scarred lands of France and Belgium, starting in August of 1914.

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They Went to Jail for Justice by David Swanson

"No Draft!" rally on Diag -- photo reversed to enhance sign's scrutability. (See adjacent photo for original view.)

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, July 9, 2018
December 12, 2018

C.J. Hinke has produced probably the best collection I’ve read of writings by and about conscientious objectors and war refusers behind bars. It’s called Free Radicals: War Resisters in Prison.

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World War I Homage – A Triumph of Lies and Platitudes by Finian Cunningham + Tell the Truth: Veterans Day Is A National Day of Lying by David Swanson

LIES

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
November 12, 2018

World leaders gathered in Paris on Sunday under the Arc de Triomphe to mark the centennial anniversary ending World War I. In an absurd way, the Napoleon-era arc was a fitting venue – because the ceremony and the rhetoric from President Emmanuel Macron was a “triumph” of lies and platitudes.

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Remembrance Day: Why I’ll Wear a Dandelion Instead of a Red Poppy + A New Armistice Day by David Swanson

Remembrance Day: Why I'll Wear a Dandelion Instead of a Poppy + A New Armistice Day by David Swanson

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Dandelion Salad

previously posted on Nov. 10, 2017 and May 30, 2016

Stop the War Coalition on May 24, 2016

“Dandelions” written and sung by Steve O’Donoghue

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David Swanson: We Need a New Armistice Day + Transcript

No More War

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Oct. 13, 2018
October 15, 2018

David Swanson on Oct 13, 2018

David Swanson’s Remarks at the Resource Center for Nonviolence in Santa Cruz, Calif., on October 12, 2018. Video by LB Johnson.

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Chris Hedges: A Socialist Soldier’s Tale of Resisting the American Empire

Resist Imperialism

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Sep 29, 2018

Journalist Chris Hedges interview former combat veteran and US Army officer, Spenser Rapone about bravery and morality. The second lieutenant was given an “other than honorable” discharge June 18 after an Army investigation determined that he “went online to promote a socialist revolution and disparage high-ranking officers” and thereby had engaged in “conduct unbecoming an officer.”

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New Israeli Law Bans Dissent in the Classroom by David Swanson + The Rules of Engagement + Israel Legislates Apartheid into Law

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
July 21, 2018

Israel has passed a law allowing its Minister of Education to ban from its schools any person or group who criticizes Israel — apparently something that no teachers or students in Israel are supposed to do either (though some do). The hasbara, or pro-war propaganda, spin on this is that it is protecting Israel’s brave Troops from (rhetorical) “attacks.” But one of the chief targets of the law is understood to be Israeli troops who speak about what it is they do. And the law explicitly identifies for banning from schools those who advocate “legal or political” actions, which tend to be taken against those who make laws and political decisions, not against Troops.

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Underestimating The U.S. Military Budget, Altruism and Sadism by David Swanson

U.S. Out Of Everywhere

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
June 25, 2018

There are three things that are almost always underestimated: the U.S. military budget, altruism, and sadism.

First, the military budget.

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Abby Martin: Used and Betrayed: 100 Years of US Troops as Lab Rats

Abby Martin: Used and Betrayed: 100 Years of US Troops as Lab Rats

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Published previously on May 23, 2016

with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on May 23, 2016

On Memorial Day, politicians will speak at ceremonies all over the country and repeat their favorite mantra: “Support the troops.” This pledge is hammered into the American psyche at every turn. But there is a hidden, dark history that shows that the politicians are in fact no friend to service members–but their greatest enemy. An easy way to prove this truth is to look at how they so quickly betray and abandon their soldiers after purposely ruining their lives, and even after using them as literal lab rats.

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