We haven't spent time on the rorschach test -- others have -- especially as media criticism, and good for them. But we are going to weigh in on one aspect. Nathan Phillips is a liar and is not worthy of support from the true left. Elaine made that clear in "Nathan Phillips is a disgusting attention whore" where she quoted his declaration of how he was called a "baby killer" and spat on by a "hippie girl" when he returned from Vietnam. First the nonsense of the spitting. Jerry Lembcke has addressed a lie for years, repeatedly debunking it, over and over. For NYT on October 30, 2017, he wrote:
Listeners, I speculated, are loath to question the truth of the stories lest aspersion be seemingly cast on the authenticity of the teller. The war in Vietnam was America’s longest war at the time, and its first defeat. The loss to such a small, underdeveloped and outgunned nation was a tough pill for Americans to swallow, many still basking in post-World War II triumphalism. The image of protesters spitting on troops enlivened notions that the military mission had been compromised, even betrayed, by weak-kneed liberalism in Congress and seditious radicalism on college campuses. The spitting stories provided reassuring confirmation that had it not been for those duplicitous fifth-columnists, the Vietnamese would have never beaten us.
We betray Jerry and his work when we side with liar Nathan. Nathan was not in Vietnam. There's a rush of publications -- including THE NEW YORK TIMES as Elaine notes in "Nathan Phillips kept the US safe from the Maytag Repair Man" -- who are covering for Nathan and doing corrections with 'he didn't claim he was a Vietnam veteran' type b.s. In some instances, he has claimed to be a veteran of the Vietnam era or Vietnam times. That's misleading and he knows it. More to the point, before he learned to fudge, he resorted to outright lying.
Phil Kerpen has several videos on his Twitter feed and a friend -- an actual Vietnam veteran -- asked that we note that and that we note that GATEWAY PUNDIT has the story here. They're covering the story from the right and that's fine. But we're covering it from the left.
I have no problem with someone who chooses to resist war and I will defend their right to anytime. But let's be very clear that Kerpen's multiple stints of going AWOL were not about war resistance -- he wasn't in Vietnam and he was never going to be in Vietnam. He's someone who is troubled. And that was his problem for years and years -- you can see the toll on him when he speaks -- but then he went after kids and then tried to use his 'Vietnam veteran' status for his bullying.
I won't deny that he needs help. He does and I strongly urge him to seek professional care. His attack on kids is an issue for this community because we don't tolerate that here. But his attack on the peace movement? He needs to be kicked to the curb.
He's a tiny, powerless man who thought he could harness lies and make himself look better. As Elaine said, he's an attention whore. He begged to be in the spotlight. It's about time the press showed how liars get treated -- especially liars who claim combat service that they do not have. His lies about his service in Vietnam are so vile that it's one thing that we on the left and the right should agree deserves to be called out -- one thing we should easily agree on.
Again, Nathan's AWOL was not about war resistance. And his repeating lies to smear the peace movement are disgusting.
Let's note a real war resister: Jeremy Hinzman.
I followed the link and what did I see? A more recent photo of Jeremy Hinzman, Nga Nguyen, and Liam @TorontoQuakers! Their photo from their time at Quaker House in Fayetteville, NC, is still on our wall. Loved seeing the newer photo.
Jeremy remains in Canada after self-checking out. Near the end of 2015, John Hagan (NOW) reported:
I see the War Resisters Support Campaign hasn't Tweeted in a while, here's the most recent Tweet:
These American deserters from the Iraq war may finally get refuge in Canada: @vicecanada https://news.vice.com/article/these-american-deserters-from-the-iraq-war-may-finally-get-refuge-in-canada … #cdnpoli #refugees
Two years and five months ago. It is difficult to write the same story over and over or Tweet the same thing over and over, I grasp that. Maybe some people can find a way to cover today's War Resisters? They have not been granted asylum and they still remain at risk.
Like their struggle, the Iraq War goes on and goes with little press coverage. Ahmed Rasheed (REUTERS) notes a new development, the Parliament has passed their 2019 budget. It should read "has finally passed their 2019 budget." Rasheed also writes, "Iraq’s infrastructure is wrecked after years of war against Islamic State and alleged corruption that has left thousands of people without power and water." That's in need of an addition as well -- unless the destruction from the war itself is no longer counted. Are we now blaming the 2003 US-led invasion on the Islamic State? Well serves us all up some 'freedom fries' with that whopper.
US intervention in Iraq transformed the country into a modern day utopia? NO. It started a cycle of violence that claimed a million lives. Spare us your nonsense please.
When it comes to the media, the war resisters who took brave stands are as forgotten as the war itself.
Silent wars: Why we don’t pay attention to the world’s worst violence #Iraq #Afghanistan #Syria http://iraq.trendolizer.com/2019/01/silent-wars-why-we-dont-pay-attention-to-the-worlds-worst-violence.html …
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