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Archive for February 9th, 2007

I’m ghost-posting this for Michelle
because she’s in the land of the rising sun and having technical issues starting posting here. Also because I’m her puppet :-). Oh, yes, and as Marv Albert says….YESSSSSS!

Several weeks ago I wrote about the court martial of First Lt. Ehren Watada, the soldier accused of conduct unbecoming. You may remember that he enlisted in the military after 9/11 only to consider it farther and refuse to deploy with his unit to Iraq. I said then that he was fighting FOR our constitution and I wondered what February would bring him.

Well, I am in Tokyo and unable to get full news, but it is my understanding that his court martial resulted in a mistrial. Some legal experts claim a Watada victory for round one.

To the extent that the Army would have liked to have shut down the case and sent it on its way, by now it’s a short-term defeat for the Army,” said Eugene Fidell, a lawyer in Washington, D.C., practicing military law and president of the National Institute of Military Justice.

Obviously I am not an attorney and I cannot even hope to know what this actually means for Watada, but this seems like a situation better flushed down one of Japan’s “smart” toilets. This was to be an answer to the the legality of the Iraq invasion. With the mistrial Watada may escape prison, but the most pressing question can remain unanswered.

Was Watada correct when he refused to deploy?

I wonder if this soldier is feeling relief. And if he is not retried, I wonder if he will feel justice was served.

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