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Mother of Lt. Watada- War Resistor- Speaking in Chicago

Putting the Iraq War on Trial
The Case of Lt. Watada


Featuring Carolyn Ho, mother of Lt. Watada; the first officer to refuse deployment to Iraq. He argues soldiers have the right under Nuremburg to refuse illegal orders.

Wednesday, January 31st, from 7-9 PM
Saint Xavier University
McGuire Hall
Warde Academic Center
3700 W. 103rd St.
Chicago, IL 60655

*This is one of a number events in the Chicago area Carolyn Ho will be speaking at.
Putting the Iraq War on Trial
The Case of Lt. Watada


Wednesday, January 31st, from 7-9 PM
Saint Xavier University
McGuire Hall
Warde Academic Center
3700 W. 103rd St.
Chicago, IL 60655

On June 22, 2006, U.S. Army 1st Lieutenant Ehren K. Watada stepped forward as the first commissioned officer to publicly refuse deployment to the Iraq War and occupation. A member of the Fort Lewis, Third Stryker Brigade, Second Infantry Division, he faces court martial and up to 6 years imprisonment for his refusal to deploy and for speaking out against a war that he believes is illegal. A majority of people in this country now want to see an end to this war also.

His mother, Carolyn Ho, will speak only days before her son’s court martial begins on February 5th. She says, "Just who is the criminal here? The one who is refusing to participate in war crimes?" An illegal war launched on the basis of lies is a war of aggression: the ultimate crime against humanity that, as the International Military Tribunal at Nuremburg found, differed "only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole." President Bush has announced the deployment of even more troops. Although now more than ever the administration seeks 'bipartisanship,' no one in Congress is demanding an end to this war. While Lt. Watada says that Nuremburg principles require him to refuse illegal orders, on January 16th, Judge Lt. Col. John Head ruled that the legality of the Iraq war is a political question and not one for the courts. What does history require of us all in this situation?

Also speaking: Professor Peter N. Kirstein, will address the right of military personnel to exercise acts of conscience and will provide historic parallels during the Vietnam War; Dion McGill, Saint Xavier student and member of the generation currently called to serve; and a World Can’t Wait student organizer from Columbia College.

*Donations for Lt. Watada's legal defense will be accepted at this event. There will also be public gatherings across the country, including downtown Chicago, in support of Lt. Watada on February 5th.

Sponsored by the American Association of University Professors (Saint Xavier Chapter), thankyoult.org, Northwest Indiana Coalition Against the Iraq War, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Vets for Peace, American Friends Service Committee, and the World Can’t Wait – Drive Out the Bush Regime!

Contact: chicago (at) worldcantwait.org
 
 

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