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Bring Them Home Now: Military Families and Veterans Mobilize Against Bush's Illegal War

BRING THEM HOME NOW! is a campaign of military families, veterans, active duty personnel, reservists and others opposed to the ongoing war in Iraq and galvanized to action by George W. Bush's inane and reckless challenge to armed Iraqis resisting occupation to "Bring 'em on."
 http://www.bringthemhomenow.org/

S t a t e m e n t o f P u r p o s e

BRING THEM HOME NOW! is a campaign of military families, veterans, active duty personnel, reservists and others opposed to the ongoing war in Iraq and galvanized to action by George W. Bush's inane and reckless challenge to armed Iraqis resisting occupation to "Bring 'em on."

Our mission is to mobilize military families, veterans, and GIs themselves to demand: an end to the occupation of Iraq and other misguided military adventures; and an immediate return of all US troops to their home duty stations.

The truth is coming out. The American public was deceived by the Bush administration about the motivation for and intent of the invasion of Iraq. It is equally apparent that the administration is stubbornly and incompetently adhering to a destructive course. Many Americans do not want our troops there. Many military families do not want our troops there. Many troops themselves do not want to be there. The overwhelming majority of Iraqis do not want US troops there.

Our troops are embroiled in a regional quagmire largely of our own government's making. These military actions are not perceived as liberations, but as occupations, and our troops are now subject to daily attacks. Meanwhile, without a clear mission, they are living in conditions of relentless austerity and hardship. At home, their families are forced to endure extended separations and ongoing uncertainty.

As military veterans and families, we understand that hardship is sometimes part of the job. But there has to be an honest and compelling reason to impose these hardships and risks on our troops, our families, and our communities. The reasons given for the occupation of Iraq does not rise to this standard.

Without just cause for war, we say bring the troops home now!

Not one more troop killed in action. Not one more troop wounded in action. Not one more troop psychologically damaged by the act of terrifying, humiliating, injuring or killing innocent people. Not one more troop spending one more day inhaling depleted uranium. Not one more troop separated from spouse and children. This is the only way to truly support these troops, and the families who are just as much part of the military as they are.

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you have my support 14.Aug.2003 11:41

republic of cascadia citizen

i have never felt more sympathy for the troops and their families than right now. usually, i have little respect or tolerance for the troops who have committed the murders of countless iraqi civilians. even though they are "just following orders", they chose to be there, they were not drafted (yes, i know that many choose the military path for economic reasons, and because of race issues). but more and more i have come to realize that they are just one more set of pawns placed in harms way to carry out the insane plans of the white house occupants and their affiliated thugs. the rising opposition from the core supporters of the iraq escapade is a very ominous sign for the future of the bush cabal. you have my support, get those military kids the fuck out of iraq and back home with their families. and lets get an international coalition together to rebuild the basic services and infrastructure of iraq that we destroyed by our taxpayer built and launched weapons.

support is strongest when it's mutual 14.Aug.2003 12:14

concerned

Many of these military families now breaking into open resistance and dissent over the war were also the ones who most strongly supported the war when it began, and who voted for Bush in the first place. While I support their efforts to remove US troops from Iraq (as well as any other nation) I certainly hope that their level of respect has risen for those who opposed the war in Iraq (as well as any other wars) from the beginning. It's not like Bush's are really news except in the sensationalist sense. The allegations being thrown around now are from information that has been known for months, and even getting close to a year. Again, these people have my complete support, but I also sincerely hope they will begin to see the larger picture of what has been happening in this country.

keep em there 14.Aug.2003 12:33

Justin

Sorry folx, but now that we've made a big mess over there, and caused a substantial deterioration of the average Iraqi's standard of living, it's our job, our moral duty to clean things up before we leave. To abandon them now would only serve to reinforce the well-earned stereotypes of Amerikans as being destructive, disrespectful, and and untrustworthy. Additionally, although I feel sympathy for the men and women who are the pawns of the power machine, this isn't the 1960s--every man and woman serving in the United States military in Iraq right now is a volunteer. I'd prefer to see Shrub, Dick and Donny over there sweating in the sun and getting shot at as they attempt to restore order after they chaos they intentionally caused, but it's not going to happen. And, since it was the military that did the actual mess-making, the duty to reconstruct the basic services necessary to life , the very infrastructure they destroyed only a couple of months ago is theirs, and they should not leave until it is restored.