"Elites preying on the weak, the gullible, the marginal, the poor."
August 9, 2013 10:03 AM Subscribe
"We condition the poor and the working class to go to war. We promise them honor, status, glory, and adventure. We promise boys they will become men. We hold these promises up against the dead-end jobs of small-town life, the financial dislocations, credit card debt, bad marriages, lack of health insurance, and dread of unemployment. The military is the call of the Sirens, the enticement that has for generations seduced young Americans working in fast food restaurants or behind the counters of Walmarts to fight and die for war profiteers and elites."-- War is Betrayal. Persistent Myths of Combat, an essay by Chris Hedges of Truthdig. Responses within.
* Roy Scranton (Veteran of the Iraq War, co-editor of the book Fire and Forget): Misreading War Literature
* Phillip Carter (Former US Army officer and Iraq war veteran): We Aren't Victims
* Joyce S. Goldberg (Associate Professor of History at the UT Arlington): False Masculinity
* Chris Lombardi (Writer): Veterans Who Dissent
* William Treseder (Served in the USMC in Iraq and Afghanistan): A False Portrait
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