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Decorated Iraq War Veteran Aaron Hughes to Return Military Medals at Anti-NATO Protest

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Published on May 16, 2012

DemocracyNow.org - Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will join thousands of protesters this Sunday at the NATO summit in Chicago. We speak to Iraq Veterans Against the War's Aaron Hughes, who's among a number of Afghanistan and Iraq war vets planning to return their medals of honor to visiting NATO generals. "[Veterans] have to live with the failed policy of the global war on terror on a daily basis," Hughes says. "What have we been doing in this decade-long war? There is a real moral disconnect between that the idea that our military can build a democracy and the idea that our military is trained and designed to control, dominate and kill people ... Occupations do not build democracies. Occupations do not extend individuals' freedoms. The movements of the Arab Spring, that was building democracy. The movements of Gandhi, of civil rights in this country, people's movements, that's what extends democracy."

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