Late Night: “What It’s Like To Go To War”

By: Tuesday November 11, 2014 8:00 pm

Being Armistice (Veteran’s) Day once again, while the hollow platitudes of praise and empty gestures of ‘support’ shower down upon veterans everywhere, the Big Lie, the root of War, remains unchallenged buried deep under our national façade

 

Tomas Young (1979-2014)

By: Tuesday November 11, 2014 5:55 pm

Tomas Young, one of the most famous Iraqi war veterans to publicly oppose the war, died yesterday at the age of 34.

Young joined the military after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and was deployed to Iraq where in 2004 he was wounded in combat. As a result of those wounds Young was paralyzed and eventually became a quadriplegic. After returning from the war he became a critic of the Iraq War and joined Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW). Young’s struggles with his decision to join the military in the first place as well as deal with being paralyzed became the subject of the documentary Body of War.

Veterans Day 2014

By: Tuesday November 11, 2014 2:45 pm

I know that I get uncomfortable when I am told “Thank you for your service.” To be honest, I really don’t need that thanks. If you want to thank me, make sure you keep the Veterans Administration fully funded. Make sure the VA hospitals are open, fully staffed with competent medical personnel, and quit making “wounded warriors.” Quit using people up and throwing them on the street. Quit making things so that organizations such as Final Salute are necessary.

Happy Veterans Day

By: Tuesday November 11, 2014 9:20 am

We should all take a moment today, Veterans Day, to thank people in the military for their service.

They are decent and sincere men and women who joined believing they would serve their nation, or were looking for a job, an education, college money or some adventure, or all of the above. They then get sucked into America’s political wars. Civilians start wars, not soldiers.

Veterans Day 2013

By: Monday November 11, 2013 6:30 pm

Today is November 11, 2013. Veteran’s Day. Ninety-four years ago was the first observance known initially as “Armistice Day”:

Are We Taking Care of Our Veterans?

By: Monday November 11, 2013 1:15 pm

Today is Veterans Day, a good time to consider how veterans are being served by the country they served.

To Care for Him Who Shall Have Borne the Battle…

By: Saturday November 9, 2013 10:18 am

The world is filled with monuments that celebrate the generals who led the armies the men and women who fought in them. Some are local, devoted to the local folks who fought or the battle that took place right here, and others are national in scope, devoted to the entire effort of that particular war. There is one monument, however, that speaks most powerfully to the time after the battles are over, when the guns are silent and those who fought go home. On this Veterans Day weekend, it has a message we need to hear over the pageantry of a basketball game on an aircraft carrier and the noise of the flyovers at football games.

Veteran’s Day 2012

By: Sunday November 11, 2012 7:00 pm

So what is my point with all of this? It is to remind folks that the veteran is the man or woman you grew up with, attended high school or college with. We’re the person who grew up down the street from you or that you saw everyday at the drug store or fast food joint. Most of us had a variety of reasons to sign our names and take the oath of enlistment. We weren’t and aren’t making a big production of our service. We mostly served and came home, no matter the time.

Late Night FDL: Music and War

By: Friday November 11, 2011 8:00 pm

We’ve always had music and musicians to propagandize war, mock war, cheer the troops, provide succor to the masses, cherish the lost, and remember all things “war.” Over the last century here’s a couple to notice – and undoubtedly you have more to offer in comments.

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