Uncertainty can be happiness

"Security is a false god," or running around the world as an FSO

To serve and protect, until when?

Posted by quirksalight on January 3, 2007

I understand that when you join the military, you are forgoing a good deal of your rights as a citizen to do so. There is a separate judicial system and process, where duty to your country has a meaning beyond the personal oaths one takes.
But where does duty to one’s country lie? History writes about the thousands of people who took up arms to serve and protect their nations, and in those millions of pages lies commentary for those who refused, be that for fear or other objections. Religious beliefs, pacifism, etc, are all reasons. However, conscientious objectors are exactly that – they won’t participate in military activities due to their conscience.
But what about those in the military who have refused to participate in the conflict in Iraq? Not about being in the armed forces, but participation in a specific conflict. They are jailed, some for desertation of duty, others for not fulfilling the duties of their commission/position.
January 4th is the pretrial date for Ehren Watada, the first commissioned officer in the US military to refuse to be deployed to Iraq, as he believes that this is an illegal war. His trial date is set for February 5th. He faces a 6 year jail sentence.

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