Published on Friday, May 25, 2012
Common Dreams.org
by Shawna Foster

“I was a Nuclear Biological Chemical Weapons Specialist for a war that didn’t have any Weapons of Mass Destruction! So I deserted. I’m one of the 40,000 people that left the United States Armed Forces because this is a lie!”

Those were the words I screamed into a microphone before thousands of people as I threw my Global War On Terror Service medal back to NATO. I had to throw it because no one from NATO came out to get it, and the police wouldn’t allow us up to the barricade. Their fear of us — US war veterans who challenge ten years of US war-making and publicly advocate for peace — is symbolic of their fear to confront real problems.

I threw my medal back, though, in fact, I never deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan.

How was I even awarded this medal? Any service member who served in active duty after 9/11 was awarded this medal for NATO’s Global War on Terror. Why? If you didn’t know it, terrorists are everywhere, anywhere, and can strike at any time. Even in Omaha, Nebraska, where I waited to be deployed. Terrorists could have been there and so I was awarded this medal.

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