First woman GI says "No"

This morning in Fort Benning, Georgia, surrounded by members of Iraq Veterans Against the War, Army National Guard Specialist Katherine Jashinski publicly announced her refusal to be deployed to Afghanistan.

Jashinski, who has been in the National Guard since April 2002, has said she'd rather go to prison than to go to war . She'd asked a San Antonio judge to allow her to stay in San Antonio, where she is currently stationed.

An Army Judge Advocate General had argued that a ruling in Jashinski's favor could 'open the floodgates' to other reservists and active duty soldiers trying to use conscientious objector status to avoid duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Apparently, the judge agreed, ruling that Jashinski CO status.

Will her refusal to go, despite the judge's ruling, "open the flood gates"? One can only hope.


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