America's Peaceful Warriors

Tuesday, the United States officially began scaling back troops in Iraq, but many soldiers are not headed home. They have instead been redirected to augment efforts in the “good war”--Afghanistan. President Obama’s position on Afghanistan has taken quite a bit of flack (and not just from progressives at home and abroad). Resistance is germinating within members of the armed services.

As Dahr Jamail discusses in The Nation, soldiers are exercising creative noncompliance techniques while stationed in the Middle East to avert the use of violence and keep themselves out of danger. It is not merely a dip in morale that keeps their fingers off the trigger, but a serious moral opposition to the occupation of Afghanistan.

For more on the ways soldiers are expressing dissent, check out Jamail’s full article.