by Derrick Crowe
Originally published 11/10/10 at HuffingtonPost.com
November 11 is Veterans Day, the 10th Veterans Day since the Afghanistan War began. The burden of this brutal, futile war falls heaviest on a very small slice of the population: military members and their families. Many of them consider this war immoral, but their rights to object to fighting it on moral grounds are severely limited under current law.
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“When I first got back, I wasn’t sleeping very much, about an hour or two a night…I would spend the duration of the night reading about the war…I just needed to be in Iraq all the time….My body was home but my head was still there.” – Tyler Boudreau – former US Marine Captain, Iraq War veteran, and author of Packing Inferno: The Unmaking of a Marine – testifying at the Truth Commission on Conscience in War on March 21, 2010.
“If I could serve our country without killing, I never would have been a conscientious objector…Christ bid me drop my weapon, and I had no choice but to respond.” – Logan Mehl-Laituri, US Army veteran with service in Iraq during OIF II and co-founder of Centurion’s Guild, testifying at the Truth Commission on Conscience in War on March 21, 2010.
“There is no such thing as private conscience…you cannot have a personal feeling about a state of affairs and call it conscience.” – Joshua Casteel, Army veteran and former interrogator at Abu Ghraib, testifies at the Truth Commission on Conscience in War on March 21, 2010.
“When you sin against your conscience, you have committed moral suicide.” – Chaplain Herman Keizer – US Army Colonel (ret), Vietnam veteran, and former chair of the National Conference on Ministry to the Armed Forces – testifying at the Truth Commission on Conscience in War on March 21, 2010.
“For the National Guard and their families there is no recourse to reject wars capriciously begun. For them, their long years of obligation may mean they will lose their families, their jobs, their health, and maybe their lives.” – Celeste Zappala – mother of Sgt. Sherwood Baker, PA National Guard, killed in Baghdad on April 26, 2004, while searching for WMD – testifying at the Truth Commission on Conscience in War on March 21, 2010.