Refusing to fight an illegal war

On June 22, U.S. Army First Lieutenant Ehren K. Watada became the first commissioned officer to publicly refuse deployment to the unlawful Iraq War and occupation.

As the order to take part in an illegal act is ultimately unlawful as well, I must refuse that order.

I haven’t seen very much coverage outside the west coast regarding the actions of Lt. Ehren Watada. He’s been formally charged with contempt towards President Bush, conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman, and missing movement.The charges of contempt have since been dropped. However, Watada may still face four years in prison, and the trial is set to occur in early 2007. Much respect to Lt. Watada for his courage to speak out against the war as a military officer. It is wonderful to see that even his parents have take his side to publicly support his campaign.

On www.ThankYouLt.org, there is a wonderful action sheet that lists 7 ways to support Lt. Watada:

  1. Sign the petition online
  2. Educate yourself and your friends about Lt. Watada’s stand and why the war is illegal. Encourage your group to support this effort. Hold a vigil. March in the streets. Host a house party.
  3. Download, copy and distribute this statement and similar leaflets to friends and family.
  4. Write a letter in support of Lt. Watada to your local editor, and respond to any attack on his courageous stand.
  5. Check www.ThankYouLt.org for breaking news. Join the email bulletin
  6. Order posters, buttons, stickers, t-shirts, postcards and organizing kits
  7. Contribute to Lt. Watada’s defence fund. All donations are tax-deductible.

 


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  1. Gina

    Wow. That’s awesome. And you’re right there hasn’t been any coverage around here at all. Was he the first and only? I wonder how many more have refused since then. Was it June 22, 2006? Or an earlier year? Another reason for that date to go down in history šŸ™‚




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