Long Shadows: Veterans' Paths
Edited by David
The long shadows of war follow all that have participated
in the horrors that come with militarism, but some of those
involved have taken those shadows on a path towards peace.
The men and women of the Madison,
Wisconsin area Clarence Kailin Chapter of Veterans for Peace
group, along with editor David Giffey have brought together
nineteen interviews that share the stories of veterans and
their paths to peace going back as far as the Spanish Civil
War, with an interview with Clarence Kailin up to Patrick
Wilcox, an Iraqi war veteran.
Howard Zinn writes in the forward,
These are veterans with a point
of view whose trajectories of belief had many different
starting points, took many different paths, but in every
case led to an abhorrence of war.
From these experiences many vets
have learned that as Sid Podell states in his interview,
"Warfare, no matter what the nature of the state
or its declared purposes, solves no problems."
Each interview is a unique and
very real perspective of war. Howard Zinnís forward begins:
There is an immense literature
of war, so any new entry into that formidable body of narratives...needs
to be looked at carefully to see if it adds something significant
to our knowledge of war and those drawn into it. I believe
that this book meets the test and informs us, in ways that
we will not easily forget.
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