Thursday, August 06, 2009

Civil Disobedience and Unjust Wars

My friend Victor Agosto just got 30 days in jail, a reduction in rank, and a dishonorable discharge for refusing deployment to an unjust and immoral war. Solidarity, Victor, and if there's anything you need, there are a whole bunch of us willing to help!

As the Washington Independent points out, if only he'd been a right wing wacko arguing that Obama was born in Kenya...or Antarctica...or on Mars or something, he could have been discharged to save the Army some face. But because he stuck to his principles, he was treated accordingly.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Adhering to one's principles in opposition to an unjust and immoral deployment is brave.

Publicly explaining that decision and by example encouraging others to reflect on their acceptance of injustice is far, far, braver.

Every American should honor Specialist Agosto for his resolute character and for setting a courageous example in these hard times.