Lieutenant refuses Iraq deployment


There is standing up for what you believe in, and then there is really standing up for what you believe in. First Lt. Ehren Watada has decided that he will not be deployed with the rest of his troops. Watada has been quoted on a Web site that supports him as saying he does not wish to take part in "an illegal and immoral war." He will face being court-martialed for his refusal to go to Iraq.

Watada's father, who phoned into CNN, said that his son "feels that he needs to do this...because of all the lives that are being lost in Iraq." It is thought that Watada will be the first commissioned officer to refuse to deploy.

More information on Watada can be found at Thank You Lt

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