[Marxism] The deserters: Awol crisis hits the US forces

Tony Hartin t.hartin at qmul.ac.uk
Mon May 16 07:03:26 MDT 2005

As the death toll of troops mounts in Iraq and Afghanistan, America's 
military recruiting figures have plummeted to an all-time low. Thousands 
of US servicemen and women are now refusing to serve their country. 
Andrew Buncombe reports

16 May 2005

Sergeant Kevin Benderman cannot shake the images from his head. There 
are bombed villages and desperate people. There are dogs eating corpses 
thrown into a mass grave. And most unremitting of all, there is the 
image of a young Iraqi girl, no more than eight or nine, one arm 
severely burnt and blistered, and the sound of her screams.


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