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Non-Violence Protects the 1%. By Peter Gelderloos

Posted on Thursday, 1st December 2011 @ 11:53 PM by Text Size A | A | A

How Nonviolence Protects The State



Some pacifists will point out the huge number of “conscientious objectors”

who refused to fight, to salvage some semblance of a nonviolent victory. But it

should be obvious that the proliferation of objectors and draft dodgers cannot

redeem pacifist tactics. Especially in such a militaristic society, the likelihood of

soldiers’ refusing to fight is proportional to their expectations of facing a violent

opposition that might kill or maim them. Without the violent resistance of the

Vietnamese, there would have been no need for a draft; without a draft, the selfserving

nonviolent resistance in North America would hardly have existed. Far

more significant than passive conscientious objectors were the growing rebellions,

especially by black, Latino, and indigenous troops, within the military. The US

government’s intentional plan, in response to black urban riots, of taking

unemployed young black men off the streets and into the military, backfired.”

Washington officials visiting Army bases were freaked out at the development

of “Black militant” culture….Astonished brass would watch as local settler [white]

officers would be forced to return salutes to New Afrikans [black soldiers) giving

them the “Power” sign [raised fist]….Nixon had to get the troops out of Vietnam

fast or risk losing his army.

Fragging, sabotage, refusal to fight, rioting in the stockades, and aiding the

enemy, all activities of US soldiers, contributed significantly to the US

government’s decision to pull out ground troops. As Colonel Robert D. Heinl

stated in June 1971,

By every conceivable indicator, our army that remains in Vietnam

is in a state approaching collapse, with individual units avoiding

or having refused combat, murdering their officers and noncommissioned

officers, drug-ridden and dispirited where not near

mutinous. Elsewhere than Vietnam the situation is nearly as…




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