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Nadezhda Popova, who died on July 8, 2013, at 91, was one of the Soviet Union's "Night Witches," female bomber pilots who took on the Nazis during World War II. Popova flew 852 combat missions - 18 of those in one night - and was named a Hero of the Soviet Union. Later in life she said, “At night sometimes, I look up into the dark sky, close my eyes and picture myself as a girl at the controls of my bomber, and I think, ‘Nadya, how on earth did you do it?’ ”
War profiteering is real. Any company that sells to the military is profiting from war and militarism.
American pacifist James Zwerg after being beaten by a mob in Montgomery, Alabama in 1960 as part of the Freedom Riders. Zwerg volunteered to leave the bus first upon arriving in Montgomery, knowing he’d be the blunt of the violent crowd’s aggression. He would have died that day if an anonymous black man hadn’t stepped in and saved his life by deflecting the mob’s attention to himself.