Military unreadiness

Soldiers with second thoughts
On any given morning, visitors to Fayetteville, North Carolina, can find hearty soldiers in fatigues running in step to a traditional marching ditty. This military town is home to Fort Bragg, headquarters for many of the army’s elite Special Forces and airborne units currently operating in Afghanistan and the Middle East. It is in many ways at the heart of our nation’s struggle against terrorism.

But Fayetteville also has a rich history of antiwar activities dating from the Vietnam conflict, fostered by nearly a dozen peace groups that conducted protests outside Fort Bragg. An establishment called Quaker House remains the only holdout from that era. Its executive director, Chuck Fager, said he’s seeing a groundswell of antipathy to a military operation that is “killing or maiming a dozen troops a day.”


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