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- Protesting War In Military Town
Iraq Veterans Against the War?
Lou Plummer, www.dissidentvoice.org
March 3, 2005 - Why pick a military town as the site for an antiwar
rally? As a military veteran and a resident of Fayetteville, N.C.
near Ft. Bragg, I can think of at least 50 reasons. Each of those
reasons has a name and each were members of our community prior to
their deaths in Iraq.
Some may argue that voicing opposition to war in a military town is
somehow disrespectful. Tell that to the military families and
veterans from many wars, including the current one, who plan to
gather here on March 19, the second anniversary of the invasion of
Iraq. Like the majority of Americans, we now reject the reasons used
to justify the war and many of us feel that the US government failed
to successfully plan for what has happened. That lack of planning
affects our communities more so than most.
Antiwar activism by veterans has been largely forgotten or
downplayed. During the recent election, John Kerry talked much at
length about his time in Vietnam. It wasn't his service there that
brought him to the national spotlight. It was his membership in
Vietnam Veterans Against the War and his memorable testimony before
congress. During the Vietnam War a GI-led demonstration in a park in
Fayetteville drew 4000 people, many of them servicemen. On the first
anniversary of the war last year, the park saw another
demonstration, the town's largest action for peace in nearly 35
years. For three hours groups like Military Families Speak Out and
Veterans for Peace condemned the senseless waste in Iraq.
Former N.C. based Marine, Michael Hoffman, recently announced that
the organization he co-founded, Iraq Veterans Against the War, plans
to meet in Fayetteville on March 20, the day after the rally. Formed
in the summer of 2004, the group is rapidly adding new members,
including some who served with the 82nd Airborne. That unit and
others based at Ft. Bragg produced the 20,000 Iraq vets in the local
community. Hoffman hopes to add a few of them to IVAW's swelling
Military Families Speak Out, an organization of people who are
opposed to war in Iraq and who have relatives or loved ones in the
military formed in 2003. Its members are traveling from all over the
country to be at the rally. Several members of Gold Star Families
for Peace composed solely of those who have lost loved ones in the
war are scheduled to speak. Local officials sponsor billboards
proclaiming North Carolina to be "America's Most Military Friendly
State." These events will reflect that sentiment in a way few would
Protesting the war in Iraq is not a new activity in Fayetteville. A
group of local of veterans, military wives and their community
supporters conducts occasional vigils in the center of town and has
since the day the U.S. invaded. The early vigils met with catcalls.
As the disaster in Iraq became evident, derision subsided and vocal
Those local activists supported Army paratrooper Jeremy Hinzman who
left Ft. Bragg for Canada, applying for status as a refugee on the
grounds that he was being forced to participate in an illegal war.
He was denied conscientious objector status while serving in
Afghanistan after telling the review board that he would defend his
squad were it to be attacked at the base. The military refused to
allow him to serve as a medic, instead ordering him to continue as a
The national director of Veterans for Peace, Michael McPhearson is a
Fayetteville native. He served as a field artillery officer in the
first Gulf War. He has a son stationed at the Army base, Ft.
Campbell, K.Y. He will speak at the March 19 rally, just as he did
last year. McPhearson's mother sometimes stands with others at the
vigils behind a handwritten wall that now contains the 1483 names of
American servicemen dead in Iraq.
We are tired of the ubiquitous yellow ribbon magnets that command us
to "Support Our Troops." To those of us living in this military
town, real support for the troops means Bring Them Home Now!
Lou Plummer is a member of Military Families Speak Out and Veterans
for Peace. He can be reached at: lou.plumme r@ mac.com .
Dead Body Shrink-Wrapper
Dead Body Shrink-Wrap Machine to be Developed
The Carlyle Group (Bush, Sr.) owns Bio-Port, the ONLY company in the
U.S. licensed to make and sell ANTHRAX VACCINE.
Coroner seeks big shrink-wrap machine
For corpses, plastic is seen as neater and more respectful
The Associated Press
Updated: 5:22 p.m. ET Feb. 18, 2005
OLYMPIA, Wash. - Officials in Washington state want to find a
machine that can shrink-wrap something big:
A human body.
The Thurston County Coroner's Office is on the hunt for a machine
that can wrap human remains in plastic in case of a natural disaster
or a terrorist attack.
Officials say the process would make transporting a big number of
bodies easier while sealing in biohazards like anthrax. And they say
it would be more respectful than letting bodies sit around like they
did after the Asian tsunami.
The office has started the bidding process to see who can build a
machine, which will cost about $50,000. A Homeland Security grant
will pay the bill.
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