Ehren Watada a coward? or a Plant by the Anti War Crowd?
Here is the Seattle Times article on Ehren Watada.. Sorry I refuse to use his rank, because he deserves no respect for it.
In a rare case of officer dissent, a Fort Lewis Army lieutenant has refused orders to head out to Iraq this month to lead troops in what he believes is an illegal war of occupation.
Rare case??? Since this is the only case wouldn't Unique be a better word here? and dissent? Wouldn't Cowardice be a better word here as well.
1st Lt.Ehren Watada was scheduled to make his first deployment to Iraq this month. His refusal to accompany the Stryker brigade troops puts him at risk of court martial and years of prison time.
I certainly Hope he likes making little rocks out of big ones.
In making his decision, Watada has reached out to peace groups, including clergy, students, some veterans opposed to Iraq and others. Some war critics are raising money for his legal defense as they seek to galvanize broader opposition to Bush administration policy in Iraq.
Lets take a look at some of the groups listed on Watada's Website.
- Gold Star Families for Peace. Cindy Sheehan as the founding member.
- International Socialist Organization.
- Evoking the Communist tradition of Karl Marx, Leon Trotsky and Vladimir Lenin, the Chicago-based International Socialist Organization (ISO) aspires to "organize activists in workplaces and communities and on campuses in order to mobilize opposition to all forms of oppression and exploitation." With capitalism its avowed enemy, the ISO places the blame for the world's social ills on America, and more specifically the Republican Party, calling President Bush the "bigot-in-chief," and describing the "dynasty" of the Bush family as a "virus."
- The ISO views terrorism against U.S. targets and those of America's allies (most notably Israel) as the desperate actions of people who have been treated unjustly for too long by those nations. Regarding the 9/11 hijackers and Palestinian suicide bombers, for instance, the ISO asserts, "They weren't born wanting to become suicide bombers. But their lifetimes of humiliation . . . made them open to terrorism as a means to avenge their oppression." Source
- Not in Our Name:
- Maoist anti-war front group
- Founded by Revolutionary Communist Party member C. Clark Kissinger
- Has condemned
U.S. foreign and domestic policies after 9/11
- Works closely with the pro-Castro groups the Center for Constitutional Rights and the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization
- Has featured indicted terrorists including Sami al-Arian and Lynne Stewart, to speak at its rallies
Looking at who is supporting him in this and how quickly they came together certainly indicates prior planning. My guess that a good portion of that planning started before he even decided to join.