Dissent in the Ranks

Dissent in the ranksDahr Jamail excerpts parts of his book “The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan” in his essay called Dissent in the Ranks

The article in part states: “Examples of various forms of GI resistance are once again becoming commonplace…continuation of a thread of resistance that has been ongoing, and growing slowly but surely, since nearly the beginning of the occupation of Iraq…The Iraq War boils on at still-dangerous levels of violence, while the war in Afghanistan (and across the border in Pakistan) only grows, as does the U.S. committment to both. It’s already clear that even an all-volunteer military isn’t immune to dissent.

Dahr Jamail is author of the book Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq. Jamai’s work has been featured on National Public Radio, the Guardian, the Nation, and the Progressive. He has received many awards for his reportage, including the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism.

[His] reporting from Iraq has been published in newspapers and magazine worldwide. He has appeared on Democracy Now! as a regular guest, as well as BBC, Pacifia Radio, and numerous other networks.

As one of the first and few unembedded Western journalists to report the truth about how the United States has destroyed, not liberated, Iraqi society in his book Beyond the Green Zone, Jamail now investigates the under-reported but growing antiwar resistance of American GIs, embodied in new organizations like Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW). Gathering the stories of these courageous men and women, Jamail shows us that far from “supporting our troops,” politicians have betrayed them at every turn.

Finally, Jamail shows us that the true heroes of the criminal tragedy of the Iraq War are those brave enough to say no.

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