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Rules of Disengagement Paperback – April 1, 2009
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"Whether you're considering joining the military, know someone who is or has, or are deeply concerned with the moral and ethical issues of making and conducting war, this book is for you." --Book Review, Veterans for Peace, Will Shapira, Oct. 8, 2009
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"Rules of Disengagement describes acts of dissent from men and women who've served in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan, providing an urgently needed guide to GI resistance. A must read for everyone in today's military and for all those who support disengagement from illegitimate wars and occupations."<BR> --Camilo E. Mejia, Road from ar Ramadi: The Private Rebellion of Staff Sergeant Camilo Mejia<P>
"The horrors of Abu Ghraib would have been concealed were it not for the courage of a single principled American military guard who released photos on the Internet. That one incident reveals the vital importance of protecting and expanding the right to dissent among those who serve in our military. Marjorie Cohn and Kathleen Gilberd have provided heroic service in this book."<BR> --Tom Hayden, The Tom Hayden Reader and The Long Sixties<P>
"Future generations will point to the words and actions of the courageous military resisters who held the line in protecting our nation's dignity and democracy. This remarkable record of soldiers' stories is evidence of strident opposition to the crimes of the U.S. government and to the effort by those in uniform to reclaim their own humanity and tell their truth."<BR> --Aimee Allison, conscientious objector, and producer/host, The Morning Show, KPFA
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The long shadow of questionable legality that hangs over the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan renders this work particularly urgent and timely. Drawing on the lessons of Vietnam, the precepts of international law and the extensive record of American jurisprudence on the issue, this book illuminates the distinction between politics and patriotism. It disentangles the often confusing web of false choices between courage and conscience, law and morality, deference and disengagement. Utilizing the actual testimony and experiences of servicemen and women themselves, this invaluable book is much more than just a guide to the conscientious objector. On topics ranging from racism and sexual harassment in the military to the proliferation of suicides and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder among our returning veterans, Cohn and Gilberd have crafted a seminal work that is both scholarly and accessible, a thoroughly researched must-read that elevates the quality of public discourse on what it truly means to support our troops.
Pacifica Radio - New York
I disagree with what I consider as a flawed premise - that the current wars in Iraq and Afganistan violate the law; I fully believe that the current efforts meet "Just War" criteria. [See the PS below]. That said, the authors make a compelling case that our military members are not served well by the military if those members are trying to "disengage" from military service. This book meets that unmet need very well, providing anecdotes and reference material for assistance. I further believe that there is in fact honor in following ones conscience. As per the subtitle, anyone following down the path of disengagement has to deal with both the politics and personal honor when dissenting.
If you are in a position of authority in today's military, you should read this book as a professional obligation. It will make you a better leader and expand your awareness of alternate points of view. If you are interested in military matters, you should be aware of the issues raised in this book. If you are considering leaving the military as a matter of conscience, you should use the resources contained in the appendix.
While I personally believe that service is both honorable and worthy, and the wars in which we are engaged are just both in cause and in the manner in which they are being fought, this book is needed for those that do not share my convictions. Had I had this while in Command, I would have made it available to any that were pursuing this path, while vigorously defending the interests of the government and our nation on the whole.Read more ›
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A top notch read for those that think! I have not finished reading the entire book but would recommend this to those that know nothing of war and it's affects on the human sole.Published on January 3, 2014 by ron
As an activist and attorney, I found this book to be very helpful and inspiring. Cohn and Gilbert strike the perfect balance between legal analysis, personal stories, historical... Read morePublished on August 18, 2009 by T. Cincotta
I'm lucky enough to have spoken to Marjorie Cohn several times on the air for a weekly radio show I host. Read morePublished on July 24, 2009 by Mark Bebawi