Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Tuesday December 15, 2009
by: Dahr Jamail, t r u t h o u t Report


In response to President Barack Obama's announcement on December 1 to deploy 30,000 additional troops to the occupation of Afghanistan, the organization March Forward!, comprising both veterans and active-duty members of the US military, has called on all soldiers to refuse their orders to deploy.

"March Forward! calls on all service members to refuse orders to deploy to Afghanistan and Iraq," reads a press release from the group from December 3. "We offer our unconditional support and solidarity. Join us in the fight to ensure that no more soldiers or civilians lose their lives in these criminal wars."

Michael Prysner, a former corporal in the Army who served from 2001-2005 and a veteran of the occupation of Iraq, co-founded the group with another Iraq war veteran, James Circello.
Truthout asked Prysner how he responds to those who believe a soldier should always follow orders, no matter what.

"In my experience the majority of people joining the military today join out of necessity, like money, jobs, help for their family, etc., so most don't join for ideological or patriotic reasons. Most are driven into the military by economic conditions. We see this playing out now, as people are joining in droves because of the economy."

Prysner added, "Yes, people do sign a contract to follow orders, but those orders are wrong and unlawful. We want to educate people to the fact that these are immoral orders, and they [soldiers] are being used as muscle for corporations, to colonize the developing world, and it's not legitimate. People who join and take this oath seriously who think they are in [the military] to defend the US, this is not what we are being used for in the military today."

Prysner has written about his experience in Iraq, "... there was no computer screen separating me from the suffering civilian population. I spent 12 months in Iraq, doing everything from prisoner interrogations, to ground surveillance missions, to home raids. It was my firsthand experiences in Iraq that radicalized me. I believed I was going to Iraq to help liberate and better the lives of an oppressed people, but I soon realized that my purpose in Iraq was to be the oppressor, and to clear the way for US corporations with no regard for human life."

After he separated from the Army in 2005, Prysner "understood that the occupation I was a part of was a crime against humanity. I understood that illegal conquering of Iraq was for profit, carried out by a system that serves a tiny class of super-rich whose endless drive for wealth is at the expense of working people in the United States and abroad."

According to Prysner, the lessons he learned from being part of the US occupation of Iraq taught him that, "I still had the same drive to fight for freedom, justice and equality as I did when I joined, and I understood that fighting for those things meant fighting against the US government, not on behalf of it."

Read full story here: http://www.truthout.org/1214091


Anonymous said...

I don't blame them atall, Cork.

Bill Corcoran said...

Neither do I, but you can't just do what you want to do in the military. Thanks for writing.

Anonymous said...

I know it, Cork, but desperate times lead to taking desperate measures. We're being led off a cliff like lemmings by an insane, power-mad government that is so money mad that they make deals w/the enemy. The Vietnam war ended partially due to "Soldiers In Revolt (acknowledging Mr. Cort-w)right)". The brass and the MICC better wake up. Even I, a civilian, can see it (not from experience, but merely from common sense). A volunteer army works great, BUT YOU CAN'T TAKE OVER THE WORLD WITH ONE. But still, no one learns that's why the mainstream media, contrary to popular belief, not controlled by the liberals, but by the REICH wing, always feeds the pro-war, "Good German" line to Joe and Jill 6pak. Remember I mentioned awhile back about the showing of the Marine w/no hands saluting? Why do we see THAT propaganda but never hear from the disillusioned GI saying "no way in hell I'd EVER do that again!"?? You're gonna see more if these fools in power,
like Peet Seeger sang, keep saying "Push on!"

Bill Corcoran said...

Again, thanks for writing.

Anonymous said...

And that's "Pete", not "Peet". Was half-tired when I typed that. Sorry.

Bill Corcoran said...

I understood. Thanks for writing.