Harass the Brass

Harass the Brass

We'd like to welcome all military personnel, veterans, and their families who frequently visit this website, or have just found it via this webpage. This is the place where you can find out more about military people resisting war, both historically and today.

A shout out and welcome to US troops in the Gulf. You are all being forced to fight an illegal war for the rich and powerful, a war that is opposed by the entire world. The moral thing for you to do is to disobey orders and do everything possible to keep yourself and your buddies safe so you can return home to America. The Chickenhawks in Washington think of you as cannon fodder, but we'd like to see all of you return home safely. Stay safe and Harass the Brass!

"After a war, a hero is just a man with one leg." —Anonymous

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Harass the Brass
Some notes toward the subversion of the US armed forces

A friend who was in the US military during the Persian Gulf War told me that when George Bush visited the troops in Saudi Arabia before the war, many enlisted men and women in Bush's immediate vicinity had their rifle and pistol ammunition taken away. The bolts were also removed from their rifles. If this was so, it makes it clear that Bush and his corporate handlers may have been afraid of the US enlisted people who Bush would soon be killing in his unsuccessful re-election campaign.

Blood Money: The Human-Capital Equation of the U.S. Occupation of Iraq

When a state is determined to pursue war, and all forms of indirect symbolic protest actions have failed to sway politicians to halt their imperialist aggression, the only remaining option is direct action by the working class. One option is a general strike by workers that can effect the production and transportation of military capital, that is the materials essential for the war machine. The other is to deprive the military of the labor it needs to fight the war. The slogan from the Vietnam War protests deliberately speaks to this, "What if they had a war, and no one came?" The U.S. military is overwhelmingly recruited from the working class, and convincing our class as a whole to refuse to work for this blood money may be our best chance for both ending the war in Iraq and limiting the imperialist ambitions of the U.S. for future decades.

Distant Voices Calling Me by Steve Hesske
The Death Star managers of Operation Iraqi Freedom and their compliant shills, America's mainstream media, are doing their damndest to suppress the dark history of Vietnam while American tanks roll toward Baghdad, but two more reminders from the macabre lexicon of Nam are now part of America's current sad and sick endeavor. Combat refusal and Friendly fire.

They Dare Not Speak Its Name by Steve Hesske
U.S. Army officials have been quick to spin the puzzling, horrifying attack on his own superiors allegedly perpetrated by "Muslim soldier" Sgt. Asam Akbar, described as a disgruntled platoon leader with an "attitude."

Lessons From The Struggle Against The Gulf War
A new cycle of working class struggle is tentatively emerging in continental Europe over austerity measures required by the Maastricht Treaty. But here in Britain any optimistic anticipation of the prospect of struggles is tempered by the shadow of a recent defeat.

"WAR, n. A time-tested political tactic guaranteed to raise a president's popularity rating by at least 30 points. It is especially useful during election years and economic downturns."
—Chaz Bufe, The Devil's Dictionaries ("American Heretic's Dictionary" section)

Military Mutiny and Resistance in History

The Christmas Truce
At Christmas, 1914, there occurred several informal truces at various points along the trench-lines of Northern France and Belgium. It may well be that there were other places where truces took place, but our precise knowledge of events is limited by the amount of direct, eyewitness testimony which has so far been discovered. Nevertheless, there are enough trustworthy reports (and even a few photographs) to convince us that something extraordinary happened that first Christmas of the war, and that it was not entirely an isolated happening.
Kronstadt
"Make Your Own History"
Documents from the GI Resistance, 1969-1975, Fayetteville/Ft. Bragg NC - An Exhibit from the Bruce Pulliam Collection in the Quaker House Archives at Guilford College
A Brief History of Military Resistance in the United States by Zoltan Grossman
USS Somers Mutiny Anniversary Reminds Us of History of Subversion in US Armed Forces
Vietnam: The Soldier's Revolt

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