"Peace is Patriotic"

07/06/2007 11:02 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

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