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Lt. Ehren Watadas parents Carolyn Ho (left) and Robert Watada (right) sit for an interview with a television crew from Japan. June 20, 2006. Source: Jeff Paterson / www.thankyoult.org 

Lt. Ehren Watada's parents Carolyn Ho (left) and Robert Watada (right) sit for an interview with a television crew from Japan. June 20, 2006. Source: Jeff Paterson / www.thankyoult.org

 

Imagine for a moment: your life and your future at risk. You joined the U.S. military to serve your country, to receive an education and to make a life for yourself. Now the President of the United States is conducting what many people believe is an illegal war based on misinformation, manufactured evidence and political lies, and you are one of those people. What do you do?

On this edition, we hear from several U.S. soldiers who made a choice to put their futures on the line. First, by joining the U.S. military, and next by refusing to fight the war in Iraq. Dissenters or deserters?

Featuring:

U.S. Army First Lieutenant Ehren Watada, refused to deploy to Iraq;Carolyn Ho, Lieutenant Watada’s mother; Robert Watada, Lieutenant’s Watada’s father; Ann Wright, retired U.S. colonel; Lance Corporal Chris MagaoayRia Magaoay, wife of Chris Magaoay; Private Ryan Johnson;Jennifer Johnson, wife of Ryan Johnson; Lee Zaslofsky, coordinator, War Resisters Support Campaign.

Senior Producer/Host: Tena Rubio
Contributing Producers: Sarah Olson and Sujata Dey

For more information:

Friends and Family of Lieutenant Watada

Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors (CCCO) – Oakland, CA

Courage to Resist

Iraq Veterans Against the War – Philadelphia, PA

Not In Our Name – Oakland, CA

National Lawyers Guild Military Law Task Force – San Francisco, CA

Veterans For Peace – St. Louis, MO

Military Family Voice of Victory Organization

War Resisters Support Campaign – Toronto, ON CANADA

Author: Sabine Blaizin

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