Friday, June 23, 2006

What The Media Lies Have Wrought

Here's a story that shows just how damaging the coverage of the Iraq has been.

US army officer refuses deployment to Iraq (Jun 22 9:53 PM)

"A young US army officer could face court martial after refusing to obey orders to prepare for deployment to Iraq, claiming the war is illegal, his supporters said.

Lieutenant Ehren Watada, 28, was confined to his base of Fort Lewis, in the northwest state of Washington, and restricted from communications with anyone outside but his lawyer, according to people in Watada's support committee.

They said he was the first US military officer to refuse orders to go to Iraq. Watada's mother Carolyn Ho called his refusal an "act of patriotism." "As an officer, he believes it is his duty to disobey illegal orders," she told AFP, adding that they had argued over his decision and that he was influenced by questions about the US government's reasons for invading Iraq."

So what's wrong with this? Well lets see; here's the oath he took when he VOLUNTEERED TO SERVE in the Army:

"I, Ehren Watada, do solemnly swear, (or affirm), that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter."

So the lies of the left have so twisted this poor SOB that he's actually going to spend time in military prison, if you believe the reason he's giving. Could be he's just a huge pussy who thought that he was joining for some reason other than defending his country but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt on that one for now.

However, disobeying completely lawful orders, in this case the "Joint Resolution to Authorize the Use of United States Armed Forces Against Iraq" which was passed the House on October 10 by a vote of 296-133, and by the Senate on October 11 by a vote of 77-23. It was signed into law by President Bush on October 16, 2002. I believe that would give it LEGAL status.

In case you don't know what was in that particular resolution here are some of the reasons given to use force against Iraq:

Iraq's noncompliance with the conditions of the 1991 cease fire
Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, and programs to develop such weapons, posed a "threat to the national security of the United States and international peace and security in the Persian Gulf region"
Iraq's "brutal repression of its civilian population"
Iraq's "capability and willingness to use weapons of mass destruction against other nations and its own people"
Iraq's hostility towards the United States as demonstrated by the 1993 assassination attempt of former President George H. W. Bush, and firing on coalition aircraft enforcing the no-fly zones following the 1991 Gulf War
Members of al-Qaida were "known to be in Iraq"
Iraq's "continu[ing] to aid and harbor other international terrorist organizations"
Fear that Iraq would provide weapons of mass destruction to terrorists for use against the United States

So where in the world did this young Army officer get the idea that this was an "illegal war". Well, I have to give all the credit to the left wing and the MSM.

It was Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn who said in an address at Harvard on June 8, 1978 :

"Because instant and credible information has to be given, it becomes necessary to resort to guesswork, rumors and suppositions to fill in the voids, and none of them will ever be rectified, they will stay on in the readers' memory. How many hasty, immature, superficial and misleading judgments are expressed every day, confusing readers, without any verification.

The press can both simulate public opinion and miseducate it. Thus we may see terrorists heroized, or secret matters, pertaining to one's nation's defense, publicly revealed, or we may witness shameless intrusion on the privacy of well-known people under the slogan: "everyone is entitled to know everything."

But this is a false slogan, characteristic of a false era: people also have the right not to know, and it is a much more valuable one. The right not to have their divine souls stuffed with gossip, nonsense, vain talk. A person who works and leads a meaningful life does not need this excessive burdening flow of information.

Hastiness and superficiality are the psychic disease of the 20th century and more than anywhere else this disease is reflected in the press. In-depth analysis of a problem is anathema to the press. It stops at sensational formulas."

More prescient words were never spoken!

Here's a young man who's life will now be ruined because he believed the lies, and in turn he will be seen as a hero by some when he's really just a dupe of the mainstream media who's lies he bought.

1 comment:

The Waynderful Wangel said...

If he meant that the war was illegal according to international law, then also he should be corrected. Since we are there under a UN mandate, we can't possibly be breaking UN law. If we are, then why isn't he developing a case against the UN?