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Japanese American officer refusing his deployment to Iraq.

Posted by QB on October 16, 2006

This is first US military commission officer who is refusing his deloyment to Iraq calling the war illegal. First lieutenant Ehren Watada, 28, is the first commissioned officer known to have refused deployment to Iraq. The Honolulu native of Japanese and Chinese descent faces a general court-martial and up to seven years in prison for charges involving his refusal to deploy, criticism of President Bush and ‘conduct unbecoming an officer.’

Watada believes he has the law on his side, because of his claim that the war was launched in violation of international and US law.

‘He’s in good spirits. When you do something right you feel good about it,’ his father Bob Watada said Sunday at a meeting of supporters, according to the Los Angeles Japanese newspaper The Rafu Shimbo.

‘As he told me, the moment he made his decision the whole weight of the world came off his back. He saw the Iraq war for what it was and he felt he made the right decision.’

‘The Watada case has provoked so much emotion because it raises the question of loyalty, and that question severely tested Japanese Americans during World War II,’ Professor Lane Hirabayashi told the Los Angeles Times. ‘It raises a lot of controversies that I don’t think have ever been fully resolved.’

Watada’s case is likely to be decided within the next few weeks, when Gen. James M. Dubik, the commander of his base in Ft. Lewis, Washington, will decide whether or not to court martial him. In the meantime, Watada is filling administrative duties on the base.

‘Our attorney says it’s about 100-percent certain that there will be a court martial,’ Watada told The Rafu Shimbo. ‘It remains to be seen whether he will go to prison. There are still some steps after the court martial, there’s a sentencing phase and there’s still another phase where the commander can step in.’

This is interesting story outcome could go in favor of Bush regime. A poll conducted for CNN over the weekend suggests support among Americans for the war in Iraq is dwindling to an all-time low. Just 34 percent of those polled say they support the war, while 64 percent say they oppose it.

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3 Responses to “Japanese American officer refusing his deployment to Iraq.”

  1. julenka said

    The Honolulu native of Japanese and Chinese descent faces a general court-martial and up to seven years in prison for charges involving his refusal to deploy, criticism of President Bush and ‘conduct unbecoming an officer.’

    What? Aren’t soldiers allowed to criticise Bush?

  2. quranbible said

    Military officers in service can’t crticize Command in Chief who is the sitting President of USA. Bush right now is the currect dictator of US military.

  3. julenka said

    That law is a bit convenient, eh?

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