Below are two articles (one from a civilian
and the other a soldier) which espouse two approaches to ending War.
Do not be offended by the one from the soldier, these are times where we
must tell it like it is. And in view of that, please see
Fl Lt Malcolm Kendall-Smith'svideo statement (also
below) on what the real driving forces of war are in Iraq (and no
doubt elsewhere) and what Humanity must do.
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From Robert S. Mulford:
I wish to thank all of you who have participated in the Occupation
Project events over the last couple of months. I hope many of you will
consider reasserting yourselves with active nonviolence in opposition to
the policies of war and hate as pursued by our government. If you are
interested in helping organize an active affinity group (the foundation
of successful nonviolent action) please give me a call at 907-457-5578
or email me at
email@example.com . There are some possible actions that we
taking - like maybe this week - that you may find fulfilling.
Also for those who are interested the schedule for court appearances for
Don Muller (from Sitka) and me are as follows.
April 4 - 8:15 a.m. Don and I are scheduled for Calendar Call for the
Criminal Trespass charges arising out of the occupation of Senator
Stevens Office. We will be assigned dates for our trials at that time. I
will keep you all informed.
April 5 - 10:00 a.m. Room 326, Federal Court House, 101 12th Ave. I
will be standing trial for the charge of "Refusing to Depart Premises"
(Senator Lisa Murkowski's office) see statement to court below.
April 25 - 8:15 a.m. I am scheduled for calendar call for my criminal
trespass charge arising out of my appearance at the Federal Building on
the 13th of March.
Below is a copy of my intended statement to the court for this Thursday
the 5th of April. (10:00a.m.) Please forgive me if it is too lengthy. I
hope that I get to deliver it in its entirety.
Court of Robert S. Mulford, Defendant Pro Se
Members of the Court, Fellow Citizens, Your Honor:
I do not deny continuing the reading of names of the war dead when
ordered to depart the premises (i.e. the offices of Senators Murkowski
and Stevens). It is in consideration of the political economic influence
held and exerted by the military-industrial, energy, and other moneyed
interests, that I plead not guilty and assert my actions as necessary
and correct. I hereby claim my right as a human being to engage in
active nonviolence in the pursuit of justice and the bringing to an end
an illegal war and occupation; my country's drive toward imperial
hegemony; and the fear and the hate that sustains that drive.
The invasion of Iraq, a sovereign state that posed no credible
threat to the United States, was an act of "aggression or a war in
violation of international treaties, agreements or assurances" as per
the Nuremberg Principles and United Nations Charter and therefore a
"Crime Against Peace".
The preemptive invasion, the ongoing war, and occupation constitute
heinous breaches of international peace. These actions have resulted in
the commission of documented egregious violations of International
Humanitarian Law (i.e. Geneva Conventions and Hague Regulations) and are
considered "Crimes Against Humanity". Their commission by US Troops and
Private Contractors has been under the indifferent eye, the open
consent, and / or the direction of the military and the civilian
leadership of the United States Government.
Rules instituted by Paul Bremer and the Coalition Provisional
Authority and still in effect today as Iraqi law are in violation of
international law as well as the US Army's Law of Land Warfare. Their
detrimental effects were known and published by their author before
implementation. They have exacerbated the horrific conditions caused by
12 years of brutal economic sanctions and are responsible for great
human suffering and are the root of much of the current sectarian
All these crimes are responsible for the deaths of hundreds of
thousands - the crippling, the displacement (e.g. according to the UN
High Commission on Refugees the fastest growing refugee crisis on the
planet), and the ruin of the lives of millions of innocent human beings.
These crimes are being committed in our name by the Government of the
United States and its partners in global capital. There is much evidence
to show that their commission is not an accident of mistaken policy but
a deliberate attempt of the powerful and the greedy, seeking material
gain, power, and imperial hegemony.
Under a cloud of deliberate deceit they: have sown fear and hate
(e.g. please seriously consider the veracity of the oft quoted phrase
"if we don't fight them there we'll have to fight them here" ); have
spilled the blood of over 3200 and injured over 50,000 American
Servicemen and Women; have fostered the horror of Post Traumatic Stress
Disorder that is destroying the lives of heroes and wrecking families
with many a suffering soldier turned out of the military with a Less
Than Honorable Discharges to suffer without remedy. They have and are
reaping heavy profit from the execution of war. Their ultimate prize
was, before the invasion as it is now, the vast oil wealth of Iraq. They
seek profit at the expense and misery of the poor and disenfranchised.
As a citizen of the United States of America I am subject to the
sovereignty thereof. As a democratic republic the state is conversely an
extension of my moral authority and will. Having come to the realization
that high crimes are being committed by the government of my country in
my name I cannot sit idly, just complain, or trust the Democrats to
Four years of studying these miscarriages of justice has shown me
that there is little remedy in the official channels of so called
democratic governance. The last election was largely influenced by
grassroots efforts of the peace movement and the public's natural tiring
of war but the resulting Democratic Party majority in Congress has
proven to be nearly impotent with regard to these matters. The party's
leadership disingenuously talks as if they will end the war while at the
same time they are funding it. They make nonbinding resolutions and play
politics with human lives.
Arrogantly they insist that Iraq satisfy their benchmarks, as
if the poor, beaten, and forsaken people of that country want or do not
care about the violence that has been fostered on them by the policies
of the United States Government. One of the benchmarks that these wolves
in sheep's clothing demand is the turning over of Iraq's vast oil
wealth, via so-called Production Sharing Agreements (PSAs). This is no
less than theft benefiting the same oil corporations whose officers are
the authors of the crime. Our corporate media has been complicit and /
or largely absent from any serious coverage or discussion on the subject
of the legitimacy of the war.
So then, what recourse do citizens have when they learn that their
government and some of the most powerful members of their country are
guilty of and / or complicit in the commission of the highest of crimes?
The Constitution of the United States of America states in Article 6,
Section 2 "This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which
shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which
shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the
supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound
thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the
Contrary notwithstanding." Will I get anywhere if I try to press charges
on President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and Secretary Rice? Where can
I go to have justice served?
Last December I took part, as an observer in a counseling service
offered to members of the Military Services. One of the calls that I
witnessed was from a young man, twenty years of age. He was on leave
from Iraq and had called to see if the counseling service could get him
assigned to a rear detachment. The counselor correctly informed him that
that would be difficult, that unless there was a family emergency and he
was the only one who could take care of it he would probably have to
return to the war when his leave was through. The counselor also
correctly informed him of what he could expect if he decided to go
Absent Without Leave (AWOL). He then broke down emotionally stating that
he had recently lost three close friends to combat while in Iraq and a
fourth was burned over 70 percent of his body. He said that he did not
want to be killed and didn't want to kill anyone. The counselor could
not give him any suggestions that would be construed as advocating
desertion and so was at a loss. The young man, choked of voice, then
somewhat meekly said "I guess that I am a man and I signed a contract
and a man has to do what a man has to do." I feel like I betrayed him by
not telling him that he'd been lied to. That he is but cannon fodder
betrayed by the leaders of his country for their own nefarious ends.
There have been times throughout history when the practice of
Nonviolent Resistance (e.g. see Mohandas Gandhi or Dr. King) has proven
to be the catalyst for social, political, and economic justice. I
believe that such a catalyst is needed now. No matter the outcome of
this hearing, I will not be complicit with war crimes and will resist
nonviolently. To this end I
pledge my life, my liberty, my sacred honor.
Your Honor, I respectfully ask that you join us in opposing this
illegal and immoral war and occupation – which most the rest of the
world opposes. Staying the course will only make the US an enemy of the
world. As the Roman Empire fell so will a US empire.
Thank you, Your Honor
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Veterans, If you oppose war and injustice and live in the Fairbanks
Star Borough please contact me at 907-457-5578
Freeman, Milo; US Army, Iraq Posted 06/31/07 "ICH" -- --
Record: Military Spending Concerns
FROM: SPC Freeman, Milo; US Army, Iraq
TO: Senate Democrats, Republicans, and "American Idol" viewers across
1. You. Punk. Ass. Pantywaisted. Bitches.
2. You had a chance. You could have put your money where your mouth
is--could have put some ass behind all those claims of "favoring an end
3. And you fucking choked.
4. Let me explain something to you. Your children; your spouses; your
lovers and friends and parents and CONSTITUENTS are hostages to this
war. They're dying for a conflict with no concrete objective. They're
losing marriages and childhood moments to a never-ending cycle of
extended tours. Their equipment, their morale, is stretched thin. And
some of them--those of us smart enough not to buy the fucking hype--were
counting on you to find your fucking testicles and put an end to this
shit. We were counting on you to save us from ourselves; to find a way
to put us to use serving our country in ways perhaps more effective in
rebuilding our nation.
5. And you. Fucking. Choked.
6. I haven't gotten a current edition of the paper in months. It's
always a day behind. I don't get to check the news--I barely have the
time. So what am I to think when I read yesterday's Stars and Stripes,
and hear about this shit? Is that supposed to tell me that my leaders,
my countrymen give a flying FUCK about what happens to me or my wife? Is
that the message I'm supposed to glean from this STUNNING lack of
cojones? Because I gotta tell you, America, I'm not seeing it.
7. I'm so sick of hearing this wretched war talked about in terms of
Victory or Defeat. "If we leave, the terrorists will win."
8. Fuck that.
9. Today it's Terrorists. Yesterday it was Blacks/Gays/Jews/Hippies.
Before that it was Communists. Before that, it was Uppity Colonials with
Secondhand Muskets and Pitchforks. It's always fucking something with
you people, isn't it?
10.You just need your little wars to feel good about yourselves, don't
you? Something to make you feel threatened; something to make you feel
heroic; ANYTHING to make you feel like your pathetic lives are more than
just you against the Big, Black, Scary Infinite. Well, obviously, it's
11. You don't magically "win" an occupation. It's an inevitable
bleed-out. We're stuck in a situation beyond our powers to fix, in a
country that WE voted to destroy, whose history and people we neither
understand nor care to try. We bought the hype, hook-line-and-sinker.
12. Fuck Victory. Fuck Defeat. Any way you slice it, This. War. Is.
13.You don't keep trying to win the game after it turns out you bribed
the refs. You fire the coaches and/or players responsible, and you hand
over the Title. You take your lumps like a fucking man and try to
rebuild. Accept it.
13. Hope you're happy, America. Clutch your pearls about all those dirty
liberals who voted against the proposal ("They didn't Support The
Troops!"). Whine about all the evil elderly schoolteachers and
librarians protesting the war on a Saturday morning outside your
14. But when your son or daughter or spouse or first lay comes home
airfreight, mangled into a closed-casket service by a daisy-chain of
155s buried under Route Tampa, remember this:
15. It won't be the dirty liberals who put them there.
Milo Freeman, SPC
United States Army, Iraq
Credit: Thanks to Nolan K. Anderson for bringing this letter to my
attention. Mr. Anderson attached the following comment to the original
"This came to me via an old-time – World War II - military man who is
trying to care for his World War War II Army nurse wife on a pension
that has been cut and cut and cut by our War Makers over the years to
the point where trying to live longer than his meager pension is more
frightening than the snow and mud and cold and blood and
“technologically advanced death” of the Big War's Winter(s)."
Nolan K. Anderson is a retired engineer and a veteran of Korea who was
once a “conservative” until he found there was nothing left to conserve
and as a veteran hates to see a tour in Korea go to waste. (He may be
reached at firstname.lastname@example.org).
"Resistance Against Tyranny is not Futile" - FL LT
If... the machine of government... is of such a nature that it requires
you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law:
Henry David Thoreau,
On the Duty of Civil Disobedience, 1849
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