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A critically thinking curmudgeon whose goal, in addition to creatively venting about the imperfect world in which we live, is to induce critical thinking in others. The ultimate goal is to help bring about a peaceful world in which we can all live in freedom.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

I Wonder If This Brave Man Will “Commit Suicide” In Leavenworth?

Needless to say, the story of army 1st Lieutenant Ehren Watada is getting little, if any, play in the lapdog, Bushtard-loving mainstream media. While Lt. Watada is not the first soldier, sailor, airman, or marine to refuse orders to Iraq on grounds that it is an illegal, immoral, and unjust war, he appears to be the first commissioned officer to do so. For a summary of his story, see here.

The significance of Watada’s act cannot be understated. Although the Bushtards and their warmongering lackeys have been able to shrug off the Kevin Bendermans, Camilo Mejias, and Abdul Hendersons (after all, these are “mere” enlisted men), the principled and very public stand by a commissioned officer against the war is sure to spark more resistance, something the Bushtards simply cannot abide. You had best believe that the young lieutenant will be on the receiving end of a very forceful, well-organized, and vindictive prosecution effort by the army, that a (or multiple) verdict(s) of “guilty” have already been preordained by whatever court martial he will stand, and that a lengthy prison sentence awaits him, probably including hard labor and Abu Ghraib-style abuse by the uniformed thugscum in charge of the military prison system. Indeed, as the title of this post suggests, one should not put it past the current regime to exterminate this young man, although such an overtly foolish act on their part would no doubt make him a martyr among war protestors, particularly veterans groups against the war.

So take a moment to include Lt. Watada in your prayers today. What he is doing takes incredible courage. The risks to his life and career are enormous and the penalties he faces even greater, yet it is he and others like him (i.e., young commissioned officers uncorrupted by the institutional rot permeating the legions) who will turn things around and finally force us to abandon the criminal nightmare that is Iraq, Afghanistan, and every other foreign misadventure begat by the criminal American empire.

Good luck to you, Ehren Watada, and God speed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.