Vietnam War military resister
“Courage to Resist is out there actively supporting GI resisters, and it is making a difference. History shows that GI resistance can stop this war…”
Courage to Resist is out there actively supporting GI resisters, and it is making a difference.
History shows that GI resistance can stop this war. During the Viet Nam war, GI resistance began with a tiny handful of soldiers who saw through the lies early. Within five years it grew until there were over 200 underground GI anti-war newspapers on military bases around the world, GI coffee houses outside major military bases, thousands of anti-war GIs marching in peace demonstrations, thousands of active duty soldiers and veterans in the organization Vietnam Veterans Against the War, over 500,000 incidents of desertion, and eventually entire units refusing to go into combat.
One Col. reported that the GI anti-war movement “infested” the entire military, and the Nixon administration then shifted to an air war, “Vietminization,” and eventually left Viet Nam. Sound familiar? It should. Just read today’s news closely.
GI resistance to this war started with one very brave man, Stephen Funk, formerly of the Marine Corps. Now we see the organization Iraq Veterans Against the War with hundreds of young Iraq veterans, the first GI coffee house, countless GI blogs against the war, and more and more GIs coming out to oppose this war and refuse illegal orders to Iraq.
Those GIs will need the support of groups like Courage to Resist. Courage to Resist, led by experienced veteran and civilian activists working together, builds and delivers real, concrete support for GI resisters including political support, material assistance, referrals to lawyers, and the all-important moral support during some of the most difficult moments of a young soldier’s life.
Courage to Resist is there for the troops who stand up for truth. Let’s be there for Courage to Resist.