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2003-11-19

War Resistance: A Growing Number of Soldiers Speak Out Against War

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A growing number of voices are coming out against the invasion and increasingly bloody occupation of Iraq. They are the voices of U.S. soldiers at home and abroad who are speaking out against war. We speak with one of those war resisters today as well as a coordinator for the GI Rights Hotline and Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors.

The U.S. is launching its largest raids in Iraq since April–using F-16s to bomb targets on the ground as part of an effort to destroy the Iraqi resistance movement. This comes on the heels of last weekend’s helicopter collision that killed 17 soldiers in the deadliest single incident involving U.S. troops since the start of the Iraq war. So far, over 420 U.S. troops have been killed since March and new reports reveal that the number of casualties has now topped 9,000.

Well today we are going to hear a story that is not being reported in the press. A growing number of voices are coming out against the war and increasingly bloody occupation of Iraq. They are the voices of U.S. soldiers at home and abroad who are speaking out against war. An increasing number of these soldiers are making their voices hear.

  • Michael Sudbury, a former Army Reserve staff reserve sergeant. He called a news conference a month before the invasion to say he wouldn’t go when his unit deployed in Iraq. Sudbury’s discharge which was delayed because of the pending conflict, came through a day before his planned announcement.
  • Teresa Panepinto, the GI Rights Program Coordinator for the Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors (CCCO). She has been receiving an increasing number of calls from soldiers in Iraq as well as at home.

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