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Friday, December 9, 2022

America’s 9/11 Wars Created the Foot Soldiers of Far-Right Violence at Home | The Intercept

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One of the most aggressive generals of his generation, NATHAN BEDFORD FORREST returned home to Tennessee and devised a fresh strategy for combat when his military career ended bitterly.

 Forrest, a defeated general in the Confederate army, joined the KKK and was given the title of organization’s first “grand wizard.” Forrest belonged to the first group of returning American servicemen who turned to domestic terrorism. Additionally, it occurred following World Wars I and II, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and it is currently occurring following the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Five defendants are accused of attempting to overthrow the government on January 6, 2021 in the sedition trial currently taking place in Washington, D.C. Four of the defendants are veterans, including Stewart Rhodes, who created the Oath Keepers militia. Five Proud Boys militia members, four of whom are veterans, will face another sedition trial in December. Not all or even most veterans are dangerous—that is not the point here. Only a small portion of the more than 18 million Americans who have served in the military and have since returned to civilian life without engaging in political violence are far-right extremists.Source:https://theintercept.com/2022/11/06/jan-6-far-right-us-military/

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