4/5/11 Meria interviews ex special forces soldier William Hathaway on his book “Radical Peace, People Refusing War”. Losing our children to the vicious fraud of war;Orwell’s prediction “endless wars”; fighting for empire; creating new enemies worldwide;revenge is a part of their moral code-an obligation; Obama is the ultimate cosmetic change; Were Native Americans terrorists or freedom fighters? Is violence a way to solve problems? Obeying violent governments; left wing crushed all along; US run by the rich; leaderless resistance;Awol, deserters, radical actions against military,rapes in military; any real hope in our present govt? Are protesters terrorists? what is your spiritual responsibility? Love and fear; PTSD – moral trauma; T.M. – Operation Warrior Wellness through transcendental meditation; de-stressing;Bobby Darin’s “Simple Song of Freedom”; peace can happen! peace and our current economic system.
This symphony of voicesa loosely united network of war resisters, deserters, and peace activists in Afghanistan, Europe, Iraq, and North Americavividly recounts the actions they have personally taken to end war and create a peaceful society. Frustrated, angered, and even saddened by the juggernaut of aggression that creates more counter-violence at every turn, this assortment of contributors has moved beyond demonstrations and petitions into direct, often radical actions in defiance of the government’s laws to impede its capacity to wage war. Among the stories cited are those of a European peace group that assisted a soldier in escaping from military detention and then deserting; a U.S.-educated Iraqi who now works in Iran developing cheaper and smaller heat-seeking missiles to shoot down U.S. aircraft after U.S. soldiers brutalized his family; a granny for peace who found young allies in her struggle against military recruiting; a seminary student who, having been roughed up by U.S. military at a peace demonstration, became a military chaplain and subverts from within; and a man who expresses his resistance through the destruction of government propertymost often by burning military vehicles.