6-01: Same Guy, Different War

I have finished David Swanson’s War Is a Lie, 2nd ed. and have excerpted it in previous blogs. All I can say is that I highly recommend this book to all thinking Americans. The blurb below constitutes the entire marketing push from http://amazon student.

War Is A Lie is a thorough refutation of every major argument used to justify wars, drawing on evidence from numerous past wars, with a focus on those that have been most widely defended as just and good. This is a handbook of sorts, an engaging, always informative manual that can be used to debunk future lies before the wars they’re deployed to justify have any chance to begin. Veteran antiwar activist Daniel Ellsberg calls War Is A Lie “a terrific tool for recognizing and resisting war lies before it’s too late.” This updated and expanded edition outlines lessons from America’s most recent wars, what can be done to end war making, and an epilogue that analyzes new trends in war lying and in resistance to it. No one to whom you give this book can claim they haven’t been warned!

Some years ago I attended a lecture given by an artist who had just published a work that included many of his sketches from the Vietnam War, including soldiers on both sides as well as civilians. He had been a sketch artist for the Navy ever since WWII.

I asked him how his view of the American soldier had changed from war to war. His response: “I keep drawing the same guy in a different uniform.”

That works for me as I assimilate the lessons of War Is a Lie: “same men and women, different war.

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