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The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan Paperback – January 11, 2011
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Jamail, a former mountain guide in Alaska, was so dissatisfied by the lack of critical reporting in the early days of the Iraq war, he decided to head for the conflict and dig for the truth on his own, unembedded. The result was a hard-hitting look at the U.S. military's devastating impact on Iraqi civilians in Beyond the Green Zone (2007).
In The Will to Resist, Jamail examines the U.S. military's impact on the very people fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan - the soldiers themselves. What he describes is a brutal system that teaches young recruits to dehumanize "the enemy" and each other.
From a military culture of misogyny, homophobia, racism, and intimidation to a system that "chews `em up and spits `em out," (battle wounds, stop-loss, and veteran's benefits be damned), Jamail interviews scores of veterans and active duty soldiers who've come to realize they can't "be all they can be" if they are killing civilians, dodging bombs, struggling with traumatic brain injuries, or plagued by suicidal urges.
Jamail documents the soldier's experiences in their own blunt language, giving the war, and swelling internal resistance, an immediacy and realism the U.S. Military would rather go unexamined, but is increasingly hard to ignore.Read more ›
"So we would go and drop the dismounted people at some house with an air conditioner, where they would kick in a door and hang out and drink tea with those people, while we would proceed with the vehicles and bide time out of visible range." -- Seth Manzel
What a bunch of slackers: that might be an appropriate response to all of this if there were some comprehensible and worthwhile thing that any of these people were supposed to be doing. But, as Jamail's book makes clear, when US soldiers in Iraq are not avoiding their duty they are engaging in harassment, abuse, torture, the murder of civilians, endless stress and trauma, and the risk of their own death and injury for no purpose that has been made clear to them. Soldiers quoted in the book point out that if their own nation were occupied they would certainly fight back just as the Iraqis do. In fact, these are soldiers who signed up to fight for a cause. Some of them fell for the post-9-11 propaganda and signed up thinking they would help defend the United States. Many of them signed up for economic reasons, but they also had a willingness to kill and risk death for a noble cause. Many of them tried to do so for years before losing faith. And what went away, other than their physical and mental well being, was not their courage or generosity.Read more ›
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This story is powerful and can even be overwhelming, but necessary for us to read about the wars we are responsible for. Read morePublished on July 2, 2014 by Kathy Lorenz
This book took my breath away. I am making my way through the War Resister field, this was my third book on it and by far the best. Read morePublished on December 28, 2011 by Celeste
There are so many things the American people don't know about America.
Anyone who wants America to be better than it is should understand what our military is doing to our... Read more
Dahr Jamail who authored "Beyond The Green Zone" speaks from first hand knowledge obtained from beyond being imbeded with our military authorities. Read morePublished on August 21, 2010 by BlestBill
This remarkable book, by an unembedded, independent journalist who has covered the Middle East for five years, tells the story of the heroic US soldiers who are resisting the... Read morePublished on January 25, 2010 by William Podmore