Monday, August 22, 2005

Supporting Troops... Towards Mutiny

Counterpunch has a great review of the reprint of the
book
Soldiers In Revolt about the Vietnam War. I
think the peace movement has underestimated to what
degree rebellion in the armed forces caused the end of
the war in Vietnam. Personally, I think when people
talk about supporting our troops, I think we should be
more clear about what we support. For example, "I
support the troops when they rebel against their
officers." You can support them as human beings but
you don't support them as troops, since as troops they
slaughter people; that's their job. It's pretty
simple. These remarks are food for thought, hopefully
to raise discussion. Feel free to comment.

Check this out (from article):

"In an official report, Gen. William Westmoreland,
commander of U.S. armed forces during the war,
confessed that rebellion within the military during
the Vietnam period--including "underground activities,
racial antagonism, resistance to authority, drug
abuse, absenteeism, desertion, crime and battlefield
misconduct"--WAS A GREATER THREAT TO ORDER AND
DISCIPLINE THAN THE CIVILIAN ANTIWAR MOVEMENT(emphasis
added)."

The article's URL is:

http://www.counterpunch.com/smith08202005.html

Also, check out this wonderful pamhplet called
"Mutinies: Vietnam":

http://prole.info/pamphlets/mutiniesnam.pdf

This is about working class resistance to war. This
is about poverty stricken people tricked into being
sent off to war and causing a serious threat to the
interests of the elite. We shouldn't forget this
history AND WE SHOULD MAKE IT PART OF THE DEBATE in
progressive circles. Thanks for listening.

Solidarity,
Rob.

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