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Road from ar Ramadi: The Private Rebellion of Staff Sergeant Mejia: An…

by Camilo Mejia

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As a proponent of nonviolence and nonviolent activist against the Iraq war, I was intrigued by Camilo Mejia, a sergeant who became the first active-duty soldier to speak out against the war. I heard him speak shortly before this book was published, and was moved by his honesty. His book is brutally honest about his own weakness, his complicity in abusing prisoners of war, shooting at civilians and failing to resist before he was sent to Iraq. Mejia is a politically aware and well educated representative of the people who make up most of our fighting force in Iraq and elsewhere; he is a member of a minority, poor and a resident alien. His testimony is important for who he is as well as for what he experienced and did. This is a very important and very readable book. ( )
  nmele | Apr 6, 2013 |
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The story of a soldier who fought in Iraq and refused to return. Staff Sergeant Camilo Mejía became the new face of the antiwar movement in early 2004 when he applied for a discharge from the Army as a conscientious objector. After serving in the Army for nearly nine years, he was the first known Iraq veteran to refuse to fight, citing moral concerns about the war and occupation. His principled stand helped to rally the growing opposition and embolden his fellow soldiers. Mejía was eventually convicted of desertion by a military court and sentenced to a year in prison, prompting Amnesty International to declare him a prisoner of conscience. Here, the soldier-turned-pacifist tells his story, and argues passionately for human rights and the end to an unjust war.--From publisher description.… (more)

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