Should the American government allow people to be conscientious objectors without the threat of prison time?
First Lt. Ehren Watada, a 28-year-old Hawaii native, is the first commissioned officer in the U.S. to publicly refuse deployment to Iraq. He announced last June his decision not to deploy on the grounds the war is illegal.
Lt. Watada was based at Fort Lewis, Washington, with the Army`s 3rd (Stryker) Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. He has remained on base, thus avoiding charges of desertion. He does, however, face one count of `missing troop movement` and four counts of `conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman.` If convicted, he faces up to six years in prison.
Yes, it should. People who are against the war shouldn't have to put their lives at risk just to fight a war that they don't agree with in the first place. They shouldn't go to prison for that. Although there's always the choice of not joining the military.
There are other jobs that people can do in the military like being stationed in a base overseas(like bases in Netherlands, Belgium etc) without risking their lives daily.
Being a concientious objector has nothing to do with worrying about risking your life, so being stationed in non-risky military base really doesn't address the issue.
And, as far as I know being a concientious objector means you object to all wars, not just some wars.
I could be wrong on this, but I think it's all or nothing once you enter the military: either you object to all wars or you're ok with them all. You don't get to pick and choose which ones you will or will not fight in.
In other cases, military members have joined up, then realized that they objected: often it takes being there and knowing what is before you can make an informed decision for yourself.
There was a pretty long generals thread a couple of weeks ago in which wiseNsexy laid out all the legal arguements for it. Looked pretty solid to me, but I can't find the thread anymore so you'll have to ask him for details.
On 9/21/2007 5:22:15 PM greegor wrote: People, yes. Soldiers, no. Once in the military, it's no longer your call.
exactly. our military is completly volintary. when you decide to join, you know that you might be shipped off if a war arises. its in the contract. if you have a problem with that, and cant serve your country, then you SHOULDNT have signed up.