The number of vocally anti-war soldiers appears to be growing

Zip it, soldier!

Mother Jones
by Justine Sharrock

09/17/08

The number of vocally anti-war soldiers appears to be growing. The IVAW alone signs up 12 to 15 new members each week; one-third of their 1,300 members have joined since February. Appeal for Redress, an online petition to end the war, has gathered more than 2,200 soldiers’ signatures since late 2006. ‘You take an average group of soldiers and ask them, ‘Is the war worth it?’ and you get close to a majority saying it is not really necessary or viable,’ says David Cortright, author of Soldiers in Revolt: GI Resistance During the Vietnam War, who has been touring and speaking at bases. ‘The anti-war sentiments are much more pervasive now in Iraq.’ As a result, soldiers say, the military is increasingly trying to silence them with formal threats as well as less official intimidation techniques: At their own discretion, commanders can enact ‘non-judicial punishments,’ such as imposing a diet of bread and water, enforcing longer work hours, and requiring intensive physical activity like hauling sandbags back and forth or running for hours in full gear...

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