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As a leading antiwar figure in the 1960s, Tom Hayden wrote extensively on Vietnam and was one of the small number of Americans engaged in dialogue with both sides during the Paris peace talks. As an Irish American, he spent ten years supporting and writing about the peace process leading up to the Good Friday Agreement. As a California legislator for eighteen years, he devoted himself to writing about and trying to prevent inner-city violence. Hayden remains a stalwart antiwar activist, is credited with initiating the 2005 Congressional exit strategy hearings, and has interviewed Iraqi exiles in the Middle East and London. His urgent book comes from a patient understanding of how conflicts end.
Hayden argues that the Iraq war will end by the application of people pressure against the pillars of the policy. A new kind of antiwar movement, delineated in this groundbreaking original work, can overturn those pillars. For the first time in American history, he writes, an American majority voted against a war in progress in November 2006. This is a book for millions of peace activists, for the undecided public, and for the 2008 presidential candidates as well.
Tom Hayden was a founding member of the Students for a Democratic Society and author of its visionary call, the Port Huron Statement, described by Howard Zinn as "one of those historic documents which represents an era." Hayden was also one of the famous "Chicago Seven" protesters during the 1968 Democratic Convention. He was elected to the California State Assembly in 1982, and to the state Senate ten years later, serving eighteen years in all.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.1" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2007
Publisher Akashic Books
ISBN 1933354453 ISBN13 9781933354453
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More About Tom Hayden
Tom Hayden-social activist, legislator, educator, and speaker-is the author of The Port Huron Statement, long considered the founding document of the Sixties movement. He is the author of more than 15 books including, most recently, "Voices of the Chicago 8: A Generation on Trial" (2008) and "Writings for a Democratic Society: The Tom Hayden Reader" (2008). He writes for "The Nation" and many other magazines.
Tom Hayden currently resides in Sacramento, in the state of California.
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Useful arguments for ending the war on Iraq Dec 11, 2007
This is one of the most useful books on the struggle for peace. Tom Hayden, a veteran of the anti-war movement in the 1960s and 1970s, draws lessons from the experience of opposing and helping to end the US war of aggression against Vietnam.
He aims to apply public pressure to erode the eight pillars sustaining the war on Iraq: a stable ally in the form of an Iraqi government, sufficient public support in the USA, compliant American media, strong political support from the US Congress, an adequate supply of US troops and recruits, ample budgetary resources over a decade-long period, a moral reputation drawing respect at home and abroad, and a network of international alliances.
He points out that Iraqi support for the resistance has risen steadily since 2003. 78% of the Iraqi people oppose the occupation. 70% want a timetable for the US troops to leave, as do 60% of the US public and 72% of the US troops serving in Iraq. Hayden sums up that Iraqi resistance to the occupation is `permanent and undefeatable'.
The US and British occupation forces use divide and rule, backing Shia Muslims and Kurds against Sunni Muslims. The Interior Ministry is virtually all Shia. The occupation forces use dirty tricks, death squads and mercenaries. As Vice President Dick Cheney said, "we also have to work ... on the dark side ... in the shadows ... without any discussion."
The USAF carries out hundreds of air-strikes every month, but when did you last see any TV footage of bombing? As neocon Robert Kaplan said, "We can dominate the world only quietly: off camera, so to speak."
By January 2007, US casualties, including wounded, in Iraq and Afghanistan, were 50,508. Also, 770 private security forces personnel had been killed in Iraq by the end of 2006.
The war is hugely unpopular. 90% of the American people oppose cutting health or education spending to pay for it. In November 2006, the majority of the American people voted against a war in progress, for the first time ever, deposing the Republican Congressional majority. We must continue to press for the occupation troops to leave.