Ben Griffin, VFP UK: The Making of a Modern British Soldier

Wow, watch this…trust us. Ben’s fascinating narrative could easily apply to any of the world’s top-tier militaries and his personal reflections brilliantly illustrate a service member’s experience.

Ever wondered…

  • Why do people join?
  • What’s the training like?
  • How do the services build loyalty, camaraderie, and obedience?
  • How does one learn to kill?
  • How does an occupying force spread “democracy?”
  • Do they really hate us for our freedoms or could it be something else?

[click the pic below to go to the VFP UK site and watch the video there]

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The US American Way of War – S. Brian Willson

Hey, MSM and congress critters…Why no hearings on the #KunduzHospital attacks? Why spam us with #BenghaziCommittee coverage? [Bear with us…there’s a theme here.]

Why hasn’t the U.S. government Massacre-of-Indian-women-and-children-in-Idaho-Frank-Leslie-illustratedconducted full and thorough investigations into the countless cases of Native Americans, Mexicans, Hawaiians, Filipinos, Vietnamese and many others destroyed by U.S. imperialism? The Canadian government recently completed one such investigation–sadly lacking, but a start–into the cultural real genocide of First Nations, Aboriginal, Inuit and Métis children, which continued into the 1990s. See here and here for some shocking details of that.

In the following piece, our friend Brian Willson gives us a brief historical look at the racist and imperialist way the U.S. conducts war and the horrific outcomes for indigenous peoples.

The US AMERICAN WAY OF WAR – Intentional Killing of Civilians and Civilian Infrastructure

October 19, 2015

In Viet Nam, being terribly ignorant like so many others, I “accidentally” discovered, against my greatest wishes, that the US was systematically targeting for destruction, schools, hospitals, churches, and inhabited, undefended villages, often by low-level napalm and 500 pound bombs. These were not accidental. US Army intelligence personnel admitted that hospitals had been routinely listed as targets: “The bigger the hospital the better it was”. Classified USAF bombing manuals defined hospitals, schools, and churches as ‘psycho-social targets’ useful for dissolution of civilian order and decimating morale(1). The US destroyed 13,000 of their 21,000 villages (North and South)(2), murdering upwards of 6 million peasants in South and North Viet Nam, Cambodia, and Laos(3). The US also destroyed over 15,000 bridges; almost 3,000 high schools and universities; 350 hospitals; 1,500 maternity wards; and 950 churches and pagodas(4).

But, from our origins, the US political-military policy, rooted deeply in Eurocentric racism, has revealed an intention to kill civilians and noncombatants alike, and civilian infrastructure. [Continue reading here and please leave some comments there for Brian.]

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The Intercept: The Drone Papers

Leaked documents reveal the cold calculus of murder from above. The expose is published in The Intercept.

From DemocracyNow!:

Newly leaked government documents have provided an unprecedented window into the secret U.S. drone assassination program across the globe. In “The Drone Papers,” The Intercept reveals drone strikes have resulted from unreliable intelligence, stemming in large part from electronic communications data, or “signals intelligence,” that officials acknowledge is insufficient. The documents also undermine government claims that the drone strikes have been precise. In Afghanistan, strikes on 35 direct targets killed at least 219 other people. Among other revelations, they also suggest the strikes have hurt intelligence gathering and that unknown male victims have been labeled as “enemies killed in action” unless evidence later proves otherwise. The documents were leaked to The Intercept by an unnamed U.S. intelligence source.


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“Call Out for Justice: End the Wars”

Rally and March, Portland, Sunday, October 11, 2015, 1:00 PM

Shemanski Park (the South Park Blocks at Salmon St.)

Full details, including a full list of sponsors and endorsers, more fliers and posters, here:

Endorsed by VFP 132 and Corvallis Alternatives to War…and many, many more fine groups.
If you go, how about sharing some feedback and observations with us?



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VFP National Convention 2015

San Diego, CA, August 5-9

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Leah and Bart Bolger of The Linus Pauling Chapter attended the annual VFP national convention this year. They both presented workshops:  Leah on World Beyond War and Bart on The World Peace Game.

Leah also displayed a set of quilts and the informational posters for the Drones Quilt Project.

Drones Quilt Project on display just outside main plenary hall.

Drones Quilt Project on display just outside main plenary hall.

There were too many workshops and plenary sessions to choose from. Here is the program and list of workshops.

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Rick Jahnkow and volunteer, Project YANO

Bart attended the workshop presented by Rick Jahnkow of Project YANO in San Diego and attended the first meeting of the new VFP working group on Truth in Recruiting.

Of course there were many old friends and well-known activists to visit with and learn from.

Leah, Ann Wright, Leslie

Leah, Ann Wright, Leslie Harris

Bart and Ray McGovern

Bart and Ray McGovern

See the VFP 132 photo gallery for more photos of the convention.

The latest VFP newsletter also has good rundown on the convention here.


Padres game.

San Diego is a great place to visit but food and especially the convention center accommodations were a bit pricey. But there was plenty of fun to be had outside of the convention.

Next year’s convention will be Berkeley, CA and will be hosted at one of the Berkeley campuses so it will be much more affordable and even closer to Corvallis.

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Drones Quilt Project to be displayed in Wisconsin Capitol Rotunda

Originally posted on drones quilt project:

Monday, September 21st through Sunday, September 27th
First floor, Wisconsin state capitol building, 2 East Main St. Madison, WI 53703

Madison area peace groups will display 5 quilts and informational posters in the Capitol Rotunda drawing attention and educating the public to the consequences of U.S. drone warfare. Each quilt was made by individuals-square by square-from all over the world, to commemorate the civilian victims of U.S. weaponized drone strikes in Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries. These quilts are visual reminders of the names of real people, mostly women and children, who are the ‘collateral damage’ of US and Israeli drone programs. We honor their lives and say their names.

This event is part of Campaign Nonviolence, a nationwide movement of over 200 actions and events taking place across the country from September 20-27.


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Sen. Wyden supports Iran nuclear deal

Show him some love. Please call the Senator’s office and thank him for his decision. And don’t forget, Sen. Jeff Merkley also supports the agreement. It’s good to be an Oregonian.


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