Why are we still in ‘Vietghanistan?’

The pubic focuses on the atrocities–if it bleeds, it leads–but the real problems are the war and the dehumanizing indoctrination given our troops which makes them inclined to commit the atrocities.

An excellent piece by a brother from Veterans For Peace.  Scott Camil is president of the Gainesville, FL, chapter.  He is a former Marine Corps sergeant and served four years in Vietnam.  He really nails this…definitely worth a read. [reprinted from cnn.com]

Scott Camil pictured in a cemetery in Dai Loc, Vietnam in 1967

Scott Camil pictured in a cemetery in Dai Loc, Vietnam in 1967

Camil:  “…if we’re going to talk about rules of war, we have to start with the powerful people who chose to put those soldiers there. The No.1 war crime is starting a war, because all other war crimes emanate from that first crime.”

Scott Camil

“Preparing for these wars means continuing to train our children to hurt and kill other humans. This involves a process of dehumanization that is in conflict with the training required to produce good citizens in a democratic society.”

About VFP Linus Pauling Chapter

Veterans For Peace (VFP) is dedicated to eliminating war as an implement of foreign policy and to that end, works to educate the public about the true costs of war. Veterans For Peace (VFP) Linus Pauling Chapter 132 is a chapter of Veterans For Peace, St. Louis, MO, which has been waging peace since 1985 and is an NGO recognized by the United Nations. The local chapter and the national organization are both 501(c)3 non-profit organizations. Veterans For Peace is made up of veteran and associate members. More information about the national organization, including our Statement of Purpose and contact information for a VFP chapter near you, may be found at: www.veteransforpeace.org.
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