Vietnam Vet and Iraq War Protester Dies at Age 62

On Feb. 19, Peter J. DeMott, a local peace activist, died from injuries he sustained after falling from a tree. DeMott, served in both the U.S. Marines and the U.S. Army and spent much of his life protesting war, most recently the Iraq War. He was 62.
DeMott was born in Washington D.C. in 1947, but, according to his autobiography, grew up in Minnesota and Nebraska. After serving in the Vietnam War, DeMott developed strong anti-war views.
In a personal biography, DeMott wrote, “My experience in the military convinced me of the futility of war and of the sad misallocation of resources which war-making requires … My faith in God prompts me to work for a world which unifies us all by ties of love and solidarity and mutual cooperation.”

What is "Victory" in Iraq?

A debate painfully absent from the discourse on Iraq is the definition of victory. Pro-war politicians, including Senator McCain, talk about “victory with honor” but avoid the difficulties inherent in defining our victory in Iraq. Although occasionally articulated but never consistently, defining victory should be our most important concern going forward. After all, doing so would seem to be the necessary condition for actually achieving victory. Since, however, no one wants to take the risk and define victory, let me take a few stabs at piecing together possible scenarios that might satisfy what Senator McCain describes as “victory with honor.”