Posted by: reisendame | March 6, 2007

Iraq veteran should not be punished for opposing an unjust war

agustinpic.jpgOn Tuesday, a U.S. army medic faces a court martial in Germany for refusing to return to Iraq with his unit. 35-year old Mexican-born Agustin Aguayo can face up to seven years in prison, dishonourable discharge, and loss of pay for leaving his base in Schweinfurt, Germany. This case is an interesting one, because Aguayo maintains that he was not escaping his duty for selfish reasons; rather, he considers himself to be a “conscientious objector,” meaning that his conscience morally dictates action that is incompatible with being a combatant in military service. Although choosing to enter the military inevitably requires a fixed time of obligation of service, Aguayo’s position is understandable. Many people would argue that an obligation to ethics is inherently far more important than governmental obligations; in fact, this kind of call for moral action can seriously deplete a person’s mental and emotional faculties if unresponded to. Even though Aguayo committed himself to the military, there are other areas of public and civil service that he could be re-assigned to. The fact that he is Mexican is also interesting. Many soldiers are recruited with false hopes and promise, and are under the impression that joining the armed forces may be the best move to make. Minorities and lower-class citizens, especially, are targeted for recruitment. His refusal to engage in warfare may result in “dishonourable discharge,” but his display of civil disobedience with self-sacrifice is, in my opinion most noble and honourable. It is also quite necessary in this age of apathy and submission that only fuels the power-hungry interests of politicians and businessmen through war.

Read the Article: Army Medic on Trial for Refusing Iraq Mission

Free Agustin Aguayo: Iraq Veteran and prisoner of conscience 

Video below: How I Became a Conscientious Objector



  1. Ashley, I enjoy reading your political posts — don’t always agree — but nonetheless, I enjoy your commentaries. Keep up the great work!

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