The U.S. anti-war movement, which has been stalled recently due to much organizational and political confusion and disagreement, has largely lost touch with the changing political and economic dynamics in Iraq. When we lose touch with these realities, we lose touch with our ability to organize effectively, to strategize victories, and to be the allies we want to be to the Iraqi people.
CIVSOL organizer Lily Hughes and Iraq Veterans Against the War organizer Aaron Hughes interviewed on Mark Rudd's radio show "Doing the Spadework". The interiew focues on the organizing strategy of IVAW, and how civilian allies fit into the GI movement.
A Brief History of Mutiny, Combat Refusal, and Desertion. Written by Ryan Harvey, 2010. A look at military-led movements in history, from Anceint Rome to Iraq and Afghanistan, against wars and for political and economic justice.
A Brief Timeline of Combat Refusal, Desertion, and Military Resistance. Compiled by Ryan Harvey as part of CIVSOL's Breaking Rank class.
By: Ryan Harvey - June, 2009, Fire in the Hole/CIVSOL
That the war in Iraq is similar to the U.S. invasion of Vietnam is a popular concept but has relatively few real comparisons, both militarily and politically. One could more-closely compare it to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 and the 10-year occupation that followed. However, a much better comparison can be made, and you don’t even have to travel far. The British occupation of the newly created Iraq immediately following the breakup of the Ottoman Empire and the end of World War One, and the “treaties” that enforced British hegemony there for the next few decades, is too close for comfort.
Full text of the final Status of Forces Agreement between Iraq and the United States.
Examning relations between the radical Left and the Soldier Anti-War Movement in the context of class and economic privellege. This article also looks the strategy of Soldier-Activism to stop war.