War -- conflict resolution by violence. Memorial Day -- a day to remember those killed in wars. More than remembering, Memorial Day is reality for me. That reality began in 2003 and was amplified in 2013.
The president's pledge last May to close Guantanamo came amidst a mass hunger strike at the prison by men protesting their indefinite detention. Since then only a handful of men have been released from Guantanamo, where hungers strikes and brutal force-feedings continue.
You didn't stop war, end capitalism, or even get close to the NATO summit. All you did was attract more riot police to an otherwise peaceful event, leading to kettlings, beatings and arrests. Way to go.
Marco Frucht joined the U.S. Army in 1988, he was 24-years-old. Monday night Frucht drove to the site of the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan and left behind his 4th Infantry Division patch and -- he hopes- - the rest of his anger.
The movement to rethink the Afghanistan War is picking up steam. The Aug. 8 demonstration in Santa Barbara is just one example of the growing discontent and the creative actions by local activists to express it.