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Conscientious Objectors

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on June 22, 2007


“To qualify for conscientious objector status and to be granted military discharge on that basis, an individual must oppose all wars, not just a particular war. However, a conscientious objector may still embrace “spiritual warfare” between good and evil, the Department of Defense explained in a new policy instruction.”

This reminds me of Ehren Watada 225px-lt_ehren_watada.jpg

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By refusing to return to Iraq he set the standards for what it means to be a conscientious objector in a modern society.

He is not alone:

 

Yesterday, June 19, 26 year old SPC Eli Israel put himself at great
personal risk by making the courageous decision to refuse further
participation in the U.S. occupation of Iraq. Eli told his commanding
officer and sergeants that he will no longer be a combatant in this
illegal, unjustified war.

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I can’t help but feel that what we are witnessing, with soldiers refusing to serve in Iraq anymore is another Vietnam – with the distinction that during the Vietnam War US drafted people into the military – this is not the case in the Iraqi War. Instead Recruiters are working the streets and the US Army is even accepting convicts – that might not be such a novel idea, since the French Foreign Legion has always accepted anyone as long as they could pass the training. What is worse: They are actively recruiting illegal aliens through the use of promises of green cards once they have completed their turn. What happens to their families if they do not return? Their families have no rights, nothing to fall back on if the providing part of the family becomes another casualty of war.

How is that ethical?

It’s not. “Support our Troops” is the Slogan – it seems to me that the best way for the American People to support their troops is to support those who refuse to serve.

Shalom!

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3 Responses to “Conscientious Objectors”

  1. Holly said

    “…it seems to me that the best way for the American People to support their troops is to support those who refuse to serve.”

    SB, you are so right. And good on those who take a stand and refuse to continue being a pawn in a war that (a) isn’t theirs to fight, and (b) has no legal basis for being, in the first place. Considering that the U.S. president seems to have a serious Napoleon complex, it’s easy to see that he doesn’t give a rat’s patootie about the people. As long as there are people, those people are expendable, and when you look at how many people there are in the U.S. alone, this illegal war could go on until Bush is either removed, or until he steps down to make way for the next U.S. President (whoever that may be).

    Great post, SB. Please keep writing…

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  2. dovaryeh said

    Thank you, Holly, for coming here and commenting.

    I agree with you of course 🙂

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  3. Gary Cummings said

    I view Ehren Watada as a hero for conscience and ethics and morality. As a CO and Christian pacifist myself, I do say he is a good example of what being a conscientious objector means.
    I applaud his courage and his stand for peace and against war.

    Thanks,
    Gary Cummings
    Ex-HM2 Navy Corpsman
    Vietnam conscientious objector

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