It’s not going to be easy to hear what we have to say. It’s not going to be easy for us to tell it. But we believe that the only way this war is going to end is if the American people truly understand what we have done in their name.
As long as we have a culture that is depoliticized, we can’t deal with the occupation of Iraq effectively.
This is a lifelong mission. I feel that in order for me to be comfortable with myself, to live with myself, I have to live my life outside of my own interests. And I think that a big part of that is going to be doing antiwar organizing, just doing everything I can to stop the war in Iraq.
I have a strong sense of responsibility because I think if you have the ability to make a difference, then you should. I wouldn’t be able to live with myself every easily if I knew that I gave up. We live in a country that murders people. It’s murdering people, it’s facilitating mass poverty and starvation across the globe. If people don’t wake up, then I don’t want to live in that world. There is an urgency i feel about this.
–Dahr Jamail, The Will to Resist:Soldiers Who Refuse To Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan