More Than One Greatest Generation?: Refusing to fight in an unjust war

Source: Common Dreams
by Mitchell Zimmerman

“This year Memorial Day falls within a week of the 80th anniversary of D-Day, the costly Allied landing on the beaches of Normandy to liberate Europe from the Nazi conquest. It will be a somber opportunity to remember and celebrate those Americans who fought and died in wars—and particularly those who died in the only war in my 81-year lifetime that was actually fought to preserve the democratic way of life. Those who fought in World War II (referred to by some as ‘the Greatest Generation’ because they also endured the Great Depression) are nearly all dead. But it takes nothing from those who served in the so-called ‘good war’ (or who were sacrificed in more recent and more dubious wars) to observe that resisting an unjust war can also make a generation ‘great.'” (05/27/24)