Today, Feb 5, Lt Watada is at his court martial for his conscientious stand against the illegal occupation of Iraq. I know a busful of folks are going up from Portland, but I have to work today, so I couldn’t go. I’ll link to an outcome of the court martial when it’s available.
In the meantime, it’s always a good idea to email Gordon Smith and remind him that Oregon is against any troop escalation. He is becoming more vocal, but needs some prompting to do the right thing. It’s time we stopped sending soldiers to Iraq, and guns, and bombs, and Bradleys, and instead focused on political and diplomatic solutions. We can appeal to the shared interest of the region and the world for peace and stability in Iraq.
I’m amazed that so many military officers are willing to go to Iraq… at some point, Lt Watada hopefully won’t be the only person willing to stand up for our Constitution and our way of life.