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Soldiers Flee After Saddled with a Second 4 Year Commitment

Rich Droste and Josh Randall are two of the most recent additions to the growing list of American soldiers turning their backs on the war in Iraq. The aggressive stop-loss policy, longer tours of duty, poor governmental support, and the fully-debunked reasons for going to war in the first place are hard on the moral of our already tired soldiers. According to the Army, 4,698 soldiers deserted in 2007, compared to 3,301 in 2006. Peter Laufer covered this phenomenon in his book Mission Rejected: US Soldiers Who Say No to Iraq. On ChelseaGreenRadio you can listen to Laufer interviewing Clifton Hicks, Darrell Anderson, Joshua Key, and Robert Zabala; some of the soldiers from his book. The Owen Sound Sun Times recently printed this article describing the details that led up to the mens’ decision to leave. From the article:
Ask Droste if he fled because he was afraid to die and he grows restless. “I hate that question,” he said in an interview before Saturday’s presentation, vigorously objecting to the idea that he won’t fight because he’s afraid. “I joined when I believed the war was necessary. I was great at my job. I loved it. “There’s something very primal about it, something that you dream about since you were a little boy. You know, shooting and blowing stuff up.” Droste, who came to Canada in March, hasn’t become an overnight pacifist though. Sometimes war is still necessary, he said. “If it wasn’t a war for oil. If it wasn’t political and about one man’s agenda, then I would have considered fighting.” The non-commissioned officer had completed almost all of a four-year commitment when his service was extended another four years under the U.S. “stop-loss” policy. He had been told about the possibility, but it was only supposed to happen if the Third World War broke out, he said.
Read the full article here.


Bern Baby Bern!

Feel the Bern, now read the Bern. Chelsea Green is bringing out the first major book chronicling the issues being raised by US Senator Bernie Sanders in his campaign for president of the United States. The Essential Bernie Sanders and His Vision for America is the only book that outlines, in Sanders’ own words and […] Read More..

Economic Development is Broken. Here’s How to Fix It

Economic development today is completely broken. That’s the argument of author Michael Shuman in his new book, The Local Economy Solution. The singular focus on attracting global corporations is not just ineffective but counterproductive, Shuman argues, especially given the huge opportunity costs. Indeed, it’s not far-fetched to suggest that the best way most communities can […] Read More..

5 Shareable Strategies for Creating Climate Action

Frustrated about climate change? You’re not alone. Most people in our society find themselves somewhere on the spectrum of depressed about our climate situation to flat-out denying that it exists. In fact, the more information about global warming that piles up, the less we seem to do to combat it. What is the reason for this […] Read More..

A Mini-Festo for Earth Day – Rebuild the Foodshed

For the past month, author Philip Ackerman-Leist has been on a Twitter MiniFesto campaign – each day sending out a new tweet designed to spark conversation and pass along some lessons he learned whilst working on his last book, Rebuilding the Foodshed. You might also know Philip as the author of his memoir Up Tunket […] Read More..

Books in the News: ‘The Tao of Vegetable Gardening’ & More!

What does Taoism have to do with gardening? That question is being answered in The Washington Post this week with a lengthy profile of Chelsea Green author Carol Deppe—gardener, plant breeder, seed expert, and geneticist based in Oregon—and her new book The Tao of Vegetable Gardening. “Once I read The Tao of Vegetable Gardening, with its […] Read More..