War Heroes, Those that Resist
Every War has its heroes, those who take risks to protect the values we cherish; this war is no different. We honor those soldiers who risked loss of liberty, economic deprivation, and social ostracism. Each of these men and women of the military have at some point refused orders in the immoral, illegal, unjustified war the United States has waged in Iraq and Afghanistan. They obeyed their conscience over illegal orders.
- List of
some War Resisters from the
ranks of the U.S. military.
Some of the heroes of resistance and their stories from the last decade or so.
- Courage to Resist- Support the Troops that refuse to fight!
finding info on conscientious objection, GI Rights
Even GI's have rights, find out what you can do if you need help.
- History of GI resistance, great documentary. See Sir, No Sir!
- Read the Nuremberg Principles, and the standards of international law.
- From the novel johnny got his gun, a warning to those who plan war.
- During the Vietnam War, 9 people burned draft files in an act of resistance to an illegal war. Here is what they said. Catonsville Nine.
- The U.S. Army War College takes note of the work of Courage to Resist and others to deter young people from enlisting in US wars of aggression. See David Swanson's take here, and the memo here. Please, be a Civilian Organizational Inhibitor (Pentagon-speak for "peace activist") in your town!
- Stephan Funk The first military resister to the Iraq War to be imprisoned for his stand.
- Camilo Mejia. Another early resister to the Iraq War.
- Jimmy Massey, a Marine from Texas speaks out against atrocities against civilians in Iraq.
- Jeremy Hinzman Afghanistan war veteran goes to Canada rather than deploy to Iraq.
- Brandon Hughey Left his unit before it shipped out to Iraq, he is now in Canada seeking refugee status.
- David Sanders Navy cryptologist resisted Iraq deployment by taking a bus to Toronto, Canada.
- Dan Fulushko at the age of 23, he left for Canada rather than deploy in Iraq.
- Michael Blake He filed for Conscientious Objector status and was discharged from the military. He is active in Iraq Veterans against the War.
- Abdullah Webster He was imprisoned for his refusal to participate in the Iraq war, that he saw as a war of aggression. Amnesty International adapted him as a "prisoner of conscience".
- Carl Webb At the age of 38, he was a member of the Texas National Guard. In 2004, he became a victim of the "stop-loss" and the term of his service was involuntarily extended.
- Michael Sudbury at the age of 24, he filed for Conscientious Objector status.
- Cornelius Harris For the historical record, his story occurs before the Iraq wars...way before...
- Hugh Thompson, another war hero from an earlier time. In Vietnam, he stopped a massacre that was taking place in a village called My Lai
- Lawrence Rockwood, Army Captain challenged the U.S. policy makers in 1994 to live up to the haughty ideals proclaimed by President Clinton before ordering the occupation of Haiti, misnamed “Restore Democracy.” For that he was held on charges...
For a more comprehensive list, go to Courage to Resist website...