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Killing 'Really Addictive:' Veteran's Essay Leads to Ban From Campus

"He's writing about how something changes in you in a combat situation, and it's hard to turn that off in a civilian situation"

Emma Kaplan writes: This is pretty interesting and also outrageous - it shows the complete disconnect between what the government has been doing in the Middle East for the past 9 years and then complete surprise at the fact that there are people like this coming onto college campuses.

By Kim Carollo

In an essay for a college English class, Charles Whittington Jr. opened up about his feelings about his time in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"Killing becomes a drug, and it is really addictive. I had a really hard time with this problem when I returned to the United States, because turning this addiction off was impossible," Whittington wrote in the essay for his class at the Community College of Baltimore County in Catonsville, Md.

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Demon Drones & War without Borders

By libbyliberal Drones

They don't get hungry. They are not afraid. They don't forget their orders. They don't care if the guy next to them has been shot. Will they do a better job than humans?
 
Yes. (They also don’t commit suicide, desert, suffer PTSD, become conscientious objectors, protest, talk to Rolling Stone or send embarrassing videos to Wikileaks!)
 

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We Are Not Your Soldiers Tour: Taking Responsibility for Ending the Wars

 From a UC Santa Barbara student in Global Studies 

 
A word of caution, I grew up in Oakland, California, which sits across from San Francisco and next to Berkeley. The Bay Area is a microcosm of freethinking, of universal acceptance of all people; a cosmopolitan hub of enlightened thinking and a plethora of colors and cultures.
 
I feel privileged to have grown up in such an amazing place. However, as I have journeyed away from my home, I have realized that a lot of people do not think as I do. Their minds are closed and filled with hate and biases, even at the university level.

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Collateral Murder

Anthony Wagner | April 16, 2010

I know that these incidents happen more often than not. This is reality, not some video effigy edited to demonize soldiers. What you see in this video and the entire occupation is illegitimate.

Atrocities like this were commonplace in 2004-2005 when I was there with the First Cavalry Division, it's was common in 2007, and innocent casualties are still piling up. The continued Insurgency in Iraq is fed by these kinds of atrocities.

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Lowering the Bar: Kindergarten Recruitment

 

 
How old is old enough for students to be approached by military recruiters? High school? Junior high? Fourth grade? How about ten weeks into kindergarten?
 
Last week at the dinner table, my five-year-old son announced blithely, "Soldiers came to school today." He then added, "They only kill bad people. They don't kill good people." He made the announcement with the same levity he uses in recalling the plot line of Frog and Toad or a Nemo video.

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Army Experience Center's Bad Experience: Turns out Training Kids to Kill Not Popular with Public

By David Swanson
 
“This is so cool! This is so cool!” a thirteen-year-old boy repeated as he squeezed rounds from a real M-16, picking off “enemy combatants” in a video game while perched atop a real Army Humvee. “I just came to the mall to skateboard but everyone said this was pretty cool. I just had to try it and it's great!”
 
The person reporting on this youthful enthusiasm was Pat Elder, who serves on the Steering Committee of the National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth. Elder also described young teenagers congratulating each other for “killing ragheads” and “wiping out hajis.”

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To Socially Conscious Educators

 As school starts back up, look around at the world your students are going to inherit. Over one million Iraqis dead in an unjust and immoral war, and 5 million displaced from their homes . Economic conditions in this country have led more young people to view joining the military as a viable option, and the election of Barack Obama and his popularity with many young people has made “fighting for Obama” seem appealing to some youth. 

Obama plans to expand the military by 92,000 in the next months. An intense debate among U.S. policy makers has begun about further expansion of the war in Afghanistan, and many of these voices are already calling for still more U.S. troops to be sent to carry out their deadly mission in Afghanistan.  Where are these troops going to come from? They are going to come from those who are in high school now. Your students.

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October 6 – the Eighth Anniversary of the Start of the U.S. war in Afghanistan

 

To Youth in High School Now:
 
What are you going to stand for?  As school starts back up, look around at the world that our generation is going to inherit.
 
Over 1 million Iraqis are dead in the war, and 5 million have been forced to leave their homes. Despite President Obama’s promise to remove US troops, he’s calling them advisors while leaving them in Iraq. The war in Afghanistan, which we’re told is the “good war” where the “real” terrorists are, is going into its ninth year. It’s based on lies, just like the war in Iraq. What the United States is doing there is horrible and brutal, torturing people and bombing civilians while they sleep, just like the war in Iraq.
 
Is this OK because Obama -- and not Bush -- is in charge?

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Obama Administration Continues Drive For US Global Military Dominance

 By Peter Phillips

 (Editor’s note: Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced yesterday that the Army is undertaking a drive to expand its forces with 22,000 new recruits. This article was written before that announcement, but exposes the overall drive to expand and develop U.S. military forces continued and accelerated in the Obama presidency).

The Barack Obama administration is continuing the neo-conservative agenda of US military domination of the world— albeit with perhaps a kinder-gentler face.  While overt torture is now forbidden for the CIA and Pentagon, and symbolic gestures like the closing of the Guantanamo prison are in evidence, a unilateral military dominance policy, expanding military budget, and wars of occupation and aggression will likely continue unabated.

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