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Redeployment: Stories about Soldiers

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Iraq war veteran Phil Klay describes the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned. His book of short stories, Redeployment, is interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos.

Guests:

Phil Klay

Comments [3]

roseellen from jackson heights

Did the guest really say what I believe I heard him to say; that soldiers would go into neighborhoods to provoke people ,so when they resisted their provocations they could label them insurgents and kill them? If this is the case, these are war criminals, and the US is a terrorist organization par excellence. The notion that you can violate peoples rights and if they resist, your boot on them, you get killed ,is a fascistic belief.They should all be on trial for their crimes.Is this what the Boston bombers mean when they said they were retaliating for our crimes against Muslims?

Mar. 06 2014 02:05 PM
rose-ellen from jackson heights

Did the guest really say what I believe I heard him to say; that soldiers would go into neighborhoods to provoke people ,so when they resisted their provocations they could label them insurgents and kill them? If this is the case, these are war criminals, and the US is a terrorist organization par excellence. The notion that you can violate peoples rights and if they resist, your boot on them, you get killed ,is a fascistic belief.They should all be on trial for their crimes.Is this what the Boston bombers mean when they said they were retaliating for our crimes against Muslims?

That these soldiers don't like when we civilians say: "we know we can't possibly understand what you've been through" while also maintaining that because we same civilians can't know what it's like to be there we can't dare to question their actions towards the people in whose countries they invaded, exposes their inauthenticity and deceit. They want it both ways; to be perceived as ordinary decent guys while hiding from us the reality that they behaved like the malicious thugs they are towards the people in whose lands they invaded.[with exceptions ,of course].

Mar. 06 2014 02:03 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

I was raised by parents who had survived the Holocaust. My mother had barely survived in hiding after her whole family was murdered, including her mother and baby. My father had been a soldier in the Red ARmy,fighting from Leningrad to Berlin, and had two bullet holes in his leg. I never realized until much later in life the degree of trauma they had suffered. They were both living with PTSD but who could know that as a kid growing up? I regret how oblivious I was of what they were suffering inside. Today we have this new nomenclature, including such terms as PTSD. War is horror. It is pure hell except in video games. Nothing new here. No one who has experienced the full horrors of real war up close and personal can ever be the same! Never.

Mar. 06 2014 01:11 PM

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