Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Why We Fight

Why We Fight... And Don't Fight

Did you know... One in six soldiers returning from Iraq experiences mental health problems; 60 percent of all recruits receive no college funding from the military; according to the VA, 90 percent of recent women veterans reported experiencing sexual harassment and a third of those were raped. . . . Read more of these hard facts, as well as devastating personal testimony of military members and their families, in 10 Reasons Not to Join the Military, a new book edited by Elizabeth Wiell-Greenberg and published by The New Press.

We also encourage you to get to the nearest theatre to watch Why We Fight, the brilliant new documentary by Eguene Jarecki, winner of the grand jury prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. Why We Fight examines how Dwight D. Eisenhower's prediction of an uncontrollable American military-industrial complex has been actualized in recent decades, especially in the Iraq War.

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
-Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961


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