Four Major Reasons Why Thanking People For Wars Is Not A Path To Saving Lives, by David Swanson

Four Major Reasons Why Thanking People For Wars Is Not A Path To Saving Lives, by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, July 13, 2021
July 16, 2021

If I were to just read the admirable recent study of U.S. military suicides from the Costs of War Project, my inclination would immediately be to join with President Biden and start proclaiming the war on Afghanistan a success, or with Obama in announcing that the Korean War was a success after all, or with the general U.S. establishment in declaring all wars a noble “service” of some sort. One of the factors that the study suggests may contribute to suicides among recent veterans of U.S. wars is the failure of the rest of us to declare the abominations they’ve taken part in to have been worthwhile. If people are going to refrain from killing themselves if we just pretend to find their wars heroic and glorious, it seems the least we can do, and really not much at all to ask for.

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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
Originally posted May 26, 2019
May 30, 2021

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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At Least 36% of Mass Shooters Have Been Trained By the U.S. Military, by David Swanson

March For Our Lives DC March 24, 2018

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
March 23, 2021

It is extremely easy in the United States to obtain guns, to find places to practice using them, and to find trainers willing to teach you to use them. There’s no need to have any contact with the U.S. military in order to dress and act as if you’re in the military, as many mass-shooters do, some of them waging their own delusional wars against immigrants or other groups. But it is remarkable that at least 36% of U.S. mass shooters (and quite possibly more) have in fact been trained by the U.S. military.

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Tell the Truth: Veterans Day Is A National Day of Lying, by David Swanson

LIES

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Nov. 2, 2018
Originally published Nov. 12, 2018
November 11, 2020

Some are inclined to recognize that Trumpies are dwelling in an alternative universe in which neither climate collapse nor nuclear apocalypse is a concern but terrifying wild hoards of Muslim Hondurans are skipping and dancing into the Fatherland armed with gang symbols, deadly rocks, and socialistic tendencies.

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What Waging War Is Really Like, by David Swanson

The Intensity of PTSD

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Oct. 2, 2020
October 4, 2020

The vast majority of people who experience war directly, first-hand, rather than through Hollywood movies or politicians’ speeches, are the people who live where wars are waged. In wars involving distant wealthy nations on one-side, some 95% of those killed or injured or traumatized, and 100% of those bombed out of their homes are people against whom war is waged, most of them civilians and the rest of them people doing exactly what any Hollywood movie or politician would tell them — have told them — to do: fight back.

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Chris Hedges: The Truth About War Always Comes Out Too Late

No War

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Aug 15, 2020

On the show this week, Chris Hedges discusses Ghost Riders of Baghdad: Soldiers, Civilians, and the Myth of the Surge with Danny Sjursen, a combat veteran and West Point graduate.

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Will Griffin: From Army Veteran to Global Activist

Islands Brygge, Copenhagen (1998) — Communist Revolution

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with Will Griffin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
July 24, 2020

Regis Tremblay on Jul 21, 2020

This is Will Griffin’s account of his service in the U.S. Army with tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, his subsequent questioning of why he was there and what America was really doing around the world. This led to traveling to a dozen countries, including Russia, to find out for himself what the effects of U.S. militarism were on people around the world. He created the Peace Report, a Youtube channel where he shares his views, stories, and insights.

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Chris Hedges: The Nature of Patriotism

American Dream

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jul 4, 2020

On the show this week, Chris Hedges discusses the nature of patriotism with West Point graduate and US Army combat veteran, Danny Sjursen.

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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
Originally posted May 26, 2019
May 24, 2020

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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Abby Martin: Afghanistan, The Forever War—Part I: From The Killing Fields

Stop the Wars! End The Afghan War Honk for Peace

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with Abby Martin

Empire Files on May 17, 2020

About Face member John Motter, former Marine Corps infantryman, speaks with Abby Martin about the hidden reality of the endless Afghanistan War.

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Chris Hedges and Matthew Hoh: The High Rate of Suicide Among Veterans

The Intensity of PTSD

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on May 9, 2020

On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to Matthew Hoh, former U.S. Marine Company Commander, about the high rates of veteran suicides. Hoh served two tours in Iraq as a Marine and with the State Department. He resigned his position as a State Department political officer in Afghanistan in 2009 in protest over the Obama Administration’s escalation of the war.

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Will Griffin: Schools of Mass Destruction + A Veterans Counter-Recruitment Presentation

Nuclear Nightmare - Open Your Eyes And Awake !

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Updated: Dec. 15, 2019

by Will Griffin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Peace Report
December 2, 2019

Global Network on Nov 29, 2019

ICAN Report: https://universities.icanw.org/schools_of_mass_destruction

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A Veteran Remembers by Howard Zinn + Burn Pits and Betrayal: How the U.S. Poisoned its Veterans

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by Howard Zinn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Previously published Nov. 13, 2011
November 11, 2019

Let’s go back to the beginning of Veterans Day. It used to be Armistice Day, because at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, World War I came to an end.

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Tell the Truth: Veterans Day Is A National Day of Lying by David Swanson

LIES

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Nov. 2, 2018
Originally published Nov. 12, 2018
November 10, 2019

Some are inclined to recognize that Trumpies are dwelling in an alternative universe in which neither climate collapse nor nuclear apocalypse is a concern but terrifying wild hoards of Muslim Hondurans are skipping and dancing into the Fatherland armed with gang symbols, deadly rocks, and socialistic tendencies.

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Will Griffin: US Veterans Poll: Wars Not Worth Fighting + Sara Flounders: Sanctions Kill: Economic Warfare and the Migration Crisis

Will Griffin: US Veterans poll: Wars Not Worth Fighting + Sara Flounders: Sanctions Kill: Economic Warfare and the Migration Crisis

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by Will Griffin
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Peace Report
August 1, 2019

The Peace Report on Jul 14, 2019

Will Griffin, an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, interviewed on RT to discuss the recent poll showing the majority of US veterans say the Middle East wars are “not worth fighting”.

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