Deploying with his unit to a war he knows is wrong and that is harming our country in so many ways would be the easy thing to do. There’s a vast difference between being afraid to fight and knowing not only that a cause is unjust, but that both Americans and Iraqis are dying based on a long list of lies used to justify this war. Rather than simply going and accepting what is, statistically speaking, a rather small chance of being killed or wounded, Lt. Watada is choosing a far more difficult course, that may lead him to prison and vilification by a sickeningly misguided percentage of our population.
Read the whole article The Courage of Lieutenant Watada June 7, 2006 ~ by Bob Geiger, a writer, activist and Democratic District Leader in Westchester County, NY.
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Thank you Lt. Ehren Watada for standing up for international, US and military law by refusing to deploy to Iraq in support of the ongoing illegal war and occupation.