Dedicated to three American combat veterans: John Brown, Harriet Tubman and Crazy Horse. They disobeyed.
When I was approached about doing this commentary, it was because I am a veteran.
In fact, I made a career of the military. That career took me from the cynical and genocidal invasion of Vietnam to the equally cynical invasion of Haiti, with quite a few imperial stops along the way.
For this Independence Day commentary, I was asked to explore the "relationship between soldiers and civilians, and the ways that they experience patriotic holidays." There was at least FULL