This Memorial Day, commit yourself to something that America's fallen servicemen and women would want: an end to killing with drones.
> Because drones are an immoral tool of violence against innocents.
> Because drones are a dishonorable weapon in which the warrior never faces his/her opponent as another human being.
> Because drones are an unlawful violation of the Constitutional protections that every U.S. service member is sworn to uphold.
Just 5 days ago, we saw the passing of Paul Fussell, a scholar who gave voice to the disgust with war felt by generations of veterans. Fussell built on his first-hand experience of war in Europe in 1943: "During his tour of duty he won the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts — he was wounded in the back and legs — and he emerged with a disdain for those who would justify wars, especially those who never fought. He hammered the point in The Great War and Modern Memory and other books, including Wartime: Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War (1989), a relentless chronicle of everything that was dreadful or repugnant about the soldiering experience in World War II, and a memoir, Doing Battle: The Making of a Skeptic (1996)."
Today, ALL Americans have been made part of the "kill chain" by high-tech, hyper-modern killing with drones. It's time for us to see that this new type of killing has put ALL of us behind the trigger.
The bad news is drones have made all of us more implicated and culpable than ever. But the good news is that the drones also offer up clear pathway to putting a stop to the immoral, dishonorable, unlawful killing.
This Memorial Day, commit yourself to something that America's fallen servicemen and women -- and Iraq Veterans Against the War ... and veterans of all conflicts -- would want: an end to killing with drones.
* * * * *Painting: We Honor the Fallen by Ret. Sgt. Peter Damon from the Wounded in Action art exhibition.
Read about the May 17 Chicago protest against drone killings.
Get involved with the movement to end drone killings.