Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Patriot of the Month

This month's Patriot of the Month Award goes to First Lieutenant Ehren Watada, U.S. Army. Ehren Watada became the first officer to refuse to deploy to Iraq on June 7, 2006.

“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

I'd like everyone to think for a moment how difficult this decision must have been for this young man. Truly a hero at a time when we are sadly very short of them. Check out this site dedicated to him and please take the time to sign the petition while you're there.

Big thanks to Human over at Carbon Paper for the wake-up on this.


At June 27, 2006 6:49 PM, Blogger John Good said...

God bless him and protect him from the coming hailstorm from the band of thieves in charge of things these days.

At June 28, 2006 10:16 AM, Blogger LadyCelticFire said...

An admirable guy indeed!!! MORE people up here especially are refusing to go back. We had a girl just get arrested in I believe, Salem, because she refused to return for a TON of reasons. So the pig fuckers arrested her. How nice of them huh??

Code Pink got into trouble last year for protesting at recruiting offices and then a few months ago, the Army recruiter up here got put under investigation for recruitting a young man with Autism!!!!! Its getting FUBARED!!!

Fight the Power Watada!!!

At June 28, 2006 11:39 AM, Blogger Human said...

Cool man cool.

At June 28, 2006 1:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ahahahahaha. hilarious.

At June 28, 2006 1:34 PM, Blogger celticfire said...

Yes, this man should be considered a hero.

At June 28, 2006 3:18 PM, Blogger pissed off patricia said...

I left my feeling about this in the comments on Human's site.

If the war were legit, I would have trouble with this, but since the war was the choice of the administration based on a freakin' stack of lies I'm on the kids side.

At June 28, 2006 7:02 PM, Blogger PTCruiser said...

Couldn't agree more, PoP. If he was simply avoiding going to war, then I would think he should be court-martialed and punished accordingly. What he's doing, however, is refusing to participate in a war that's illegal as FUCK! More power to him. He's performing as an officer of this nation's army should be....with honor.

At June 28, 2006 7:22 PM, Blogger Callooh said...

"It is curious - curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare"

~ Mark Twain

this is moral courage at its finest.

At June 28, 2006 7:57 PM, Blogger PTCruiser said...

Twain sums it up nicely, doesn't he, Callooh? Thanks for commenting on it and for visiting here.

At June 28, 2006 7:58 PM, Blogger Butchieboy said...

I saw him getting grilled on CNN or some shit. The guy who was chewing him out was his superior and he kept saying "The police are gonna come for you!" It was kinda weird.

At June 28, 2006 8:23 PM, Blogger PTCruiser said...

The way things are going, the police are gonna come for all of us pretty soon, Butchie.

At June 29, 2006 5:29 AM, Blogger thepoetryman said...

Bring `em on!

Okay. Bravado aside for a moment, I'd like to say I think Watada is a true hero. Patriotism stared into his eyes and Watada stared right back! A brave and principled human being...


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