Thursday, June 08, 2006

Courage and Honor


Thanks to Nemo for the heads up.

Lt. Ehren Watada is the name of the first officer to refuse to deploy to Iraq for reasons of conscience.

This takes more courage than most of us will ever have.

He hasn't broken the law yet. If his unit goes and he refuses, he could be charged with any number of things. "Missing movement" whatever the hell that is, and the big one, desertion.

And when the wingnuts all line up to say that deserters can be shot in a time of war please feel free to remind them that there is no declared war.

Just "The War Against Terror" or as Whatever It Is I'm Against It calls it: TWAT.

May Lt. Watada be the first of many to do the honorable thing.


Anonymous Barnita said...

Hear hear!!!!

Smuggle the guy over here - I'll hide him in the mountains. Oops - why'd I go nd key that in....stoopid chick.

Thu Jun 08, 02:51:00 AM  
Anonymous ML said...

The Council of Europe on CIA Renditions

Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Alleged secret detentions and unlawful inter-state transfers involving Council of Europe member states

Thu Jun 08, 04:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Nemo said...

Further news on Lt. Watada's commendable stand -- BRAVO, Lieutenant!:First Officer Publicly Resisting War Gains National Support, by Sarah Olson [TruthOut Report]==== When 27-year-old US Army First Lieutenant Ehren Watada announced his refusal to deploy to Iraq yesterday, he did so surrounded by veterans, military family members, and members of the religious and anti-war communities. News of Watada's intent to refuse his orders to deploy to Iraq has galvanized anti-war communities around the country, many of which are already calling for a series of demonstrations in support of Watada's actions. And others they hope will be inspired to refuse deployment to Iraq as well. ==== At a press conference in Tacoma, Washington, Watada announced his view that the war in Iraq is immoral and illegal, and his intent was to refuse to deploy to fight that war. Watada said, "It is my duty as a commissioned officer of the United States Army to speak out against grave injustices. I stand before you today because it is my job to serve and protect soldiers, the American people and innocent Iraqis with no voice." Watada went on to say that his participation in the Iraq war would make him party to grave moral injustice and war crimes. ==== While Watada may face a court martial for his decision to refuse to deploy to Iraq, he has also received significant support from veterans' organizations. Members of Iraq Veterans Against the War, the War Resisters League, and many chapters of Veterans for Peace have all come to Watada's defense. ...

Fri Jun 09, 01:18:00 PM  

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