Please Give This Man A Medal, Not a Court-Martial

by
Abby Zimet
Watada, center, speaks to reporters and supporters, Wednesday, June 7, 2006, in Tacoma, Wash. AP Images

After several years of legal battles, Lieut.
Ehren Watada, the first commissioned military officer to refuse
deployment to Iraq, won an important victory last week when the government dropped efforts to retry him after a botched court-martial. But
the Army still wants to punish him for declaring the Iraq war illegal and immoral, and for having the courage to call out "the deception the Bush administration used to
initiate and process this war."

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