Item description for Mission Rejected: U.S. Soldiers Who Say No to Iraq by Peter Laufer...
Disillusioned, outraged, and betrayed, American soldiers are taking a stand against the war in Iraq. A shattering journey of revelation, pain, and betrayal, Mission Rejected takes the reader deep into the turmoil of U.S. troops confronting the Iraq War. Some of these soldiers have decided not to fight in Iraq. Others, who have served in the "Sand Box" only to return so appalled by their experience and by what that experience has done to them, choose to declare, in the words of the old Phil Ochs song, "I'm not marchin' anymore!" Consider Specialist Jeremy Hinzman, who chose Canada over his military career. When queried about his obligation to follow orders, his answer came fast: "I was told in basic training that, if I'm given an illegal or immoral order, it is my duty to disobey it. I feel that invading and occupying Iraq is an illegal and immoral thing to do." Meet Sergeant Camilo Meja, who said from prison, "Behind these bars I sit a free man because I listened to a higher power: the voice of my conscience." Increasing numbers of U.S. soldiers are returning from Iraq horrified by what they witnessed and what they did. Journalist Peter Laufer tells how these soldiers are transformed from trained warriors to activists in the struggle to end the Iraq War. He puts their experiences into context by drawing on the lessons of the Vietnam War and citing the historical precedents for troops who refuse unconscionable orders. Mission Rejected probes the universal issue of resistance to war by the very men who chose to defend the nation.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.2" Width: 5.1" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2006
Publisher Chelsea Green
ISBN 1933392045 ISBN13 9781933392042
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More About Peter Laufer
Peter Laufer is the executive producer of "The Business Shrink" radio show. A longtime radio correspondent, he is the author of fourteen books, and resides in Bodega Bay, California.
Peter Laufer currently resides in Sonoma San Francis, in the state of California. Peter Laufer was born in 1950.
Reviews - What do customers think about Mission Rejected: U.S. Soldiers Who Say No to Iraq?
Ashamed to be in the same uniform Aug 26, 2006
I am not sure what these soldiers were called to do. It was a difficult road, yes, but it was a war. What people forget is that it is a war in which much good is growing. If these soldiers did not see any beauty, it was their own fault. They were not looking for beauty if they saw none. I walked a lot of the same dirt and endured a lot of heartbreak right along with them, but I would also give my life in a second to provide my new Iraqi friends/family with the possibilty of hope. God Bless and please be careful of what you read. Is the glass half empty or half full to you?
Great read for those in the military or who are considering joining Aug 6, 2006
As someone who supports the troops fighting in Iraq but not the war itself, I found this book fascinating. This book provides a unique, more personal perspective on the war in Iraq, and military service in general, than is typically presented in the media. I especially found Mission Rejected interesting given my position as someone joining the Air Force. As I read the book, I analyzed each of the different stories and compared them with my own experiences thus far with the military, and realized some of the possibilities I have to consider in my future career. Mission Rejected contains the stories of consientious objectors, disillusioned soldiers, people who at first saw no other path than military service, and soldiers who fought simply because they felt it was their duty, and more, showing a surprisingly diverse and oft-overlooked group of people who oppose the Iraq war. In a broad sense, I believe this book helps to reinforce a respect for those who have served in the military in any capacity, willingly or not. Though this book is a quick read, it will surely stick with you for a long time.
Award-Winning Journalist Connects the Dots of Pain and Betrayal in Iraq May 21, 2006
Mission Rejected's author Peter Laufer is a much-honored, veteran journalist who has investigated every known form of human suffering. In this ferociously documented work, Laufer painfully challenges those of us who still support the war and gives poweful aid and comfort to the war's opponets. Laufer does this by interviewing tormented men and women who dared to walk away from their orders, their units and their lives as US soldiers--some of them after considerable time in combat. Each of them in his or her own way, arrived at an epiphany, a terrible moment which left them indelibly changed and incapable of continuing to participate in this war, which was founded on untruths (weapons of mass destruction) and carried out without the forces necessary for victory. Of all Laufer's considerable array of talents, none is more valuable than his ability to listen. The result is a book that is sure to become an important part of the national debate over the war in Iraq. Reading it should be required of every voter, lawmaker and policymaker--if they really do care about our troops.
Not to be missed! May 21, 2006
You will be touched by these compelling stories. Peter Laufer reveals some previously unreported tragedies of the Iraq invasion. Unlike the predictable "collateral damage" to civilians in the line of fire, the casualties presented in this book are back home -- the families of those who made the difficult, principled decision not to fight and die in another pointless war. Laufer goes into their homes and their hearts and their heads. His thorough journalism shows the awful price one can pay to be a conscientious objector.
While most Americans sit comfortably and ignorantly on the outside, Mission Rejected presents a painful insight into the reality of Bush's war. If you ever wondered whether there are parallels between this military adventure and the Vietnam War, here is solid evidence.