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Will Watada court-martial make waves?

Post by David Seago on Dec. 20, 2006 at 2:47 pm |
December 20, 2006 2:47 pm

You have to consider the source – The Nation, a left-leaning national magazine – but one of its writers predicts that Fort Lewis war protester Lt. Ehren Watada will be focus of the national anti-war movement when his court-martial starts in February.


That’s all I can tell you, because that tidbit was included in an email promoting The Nation’s forthcoming Jan. 7-15 issue. You need a subscription to see more.

Watada faces charges of refusing to deploy and conduct unbecoming an officer, stemming from his refusal to join his Army unit when it was ordered to leave for Iraq earlier this year. Watada contends the Iraq war is "illegal and immoral" and has spoken against it at antiwar rallies.

Given how much the national mood has soured on Iraq, Watada might not be publicly vilified as much as he was earlier this year when his story made national headlines. But the Army doesn’t take it lightly when an officer refuses orders. Our editorial view is that officiers don’t get to choose which orders to obey.

In any case, Watada is prominent enough now to have his own Wikipedia entry.

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