26 June 2006

Refusing to Serve an Illegal Military Action

Lt. Ehren Watada has caused a stir by reporting for duty to Ft. Lewis (WA state) and refusing to deploy for service in Iraq with 4,000 of his fellow service members. Here is what Watada has to say about it;
“I refuse to be silent any longer. I refuse to be party to an illegal and immoral war against people who did nothing to deserve our aggression. My oath of office is to protect and defend America’s laws and its people. By refusing unlawful orders for an illegal war, I fulfill that oath today.”
- U.S. Army First Lt. Ehren Watada
Yesterday, a few Olympians gathered to celebrate Watada's refusal, and demonstrate our support of him.

Here's a picture:

photo courtesy of OMJP

Tomorrow, demonstrations are scheduled across the U.S. in support of the lieutenant and his courageous act of resistance to an ongoing illegal, unjust and immoral set of aggressive military actions (in Iraq.)

Locally, Watada supporters will gather at the Dupont/Steilacoom entrance to Ft. Lewis (the very place where Lt. Watada is currently stationed.) The location will be the overpass of interstate 5 associated with exit # 119.

Here's what it might look like tomorrow!

Thankyou Lt. Watada for your refusal to serve the ongoing unjustified, illegal and immoral military operation in Iraq.

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