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Lieutenant Ehren Watada faces a court martial for refusing to deploy to Iraq and for making public statements against the war. He is the fi rst offi cer to be prosecuted for publicly criticising the war. If he is convicted on all charges, Lt. Watada could spend four years in military prison. Lt. Watada, twenty-eight, argues that to serve in Iraq would betray his conscience and his duties as an offi cer. “It would be a violation of my oath because this war to me is illegal in the sense that it was waged in deception, and it was also in violation of international law. Offi cers and leaders have a responsibility to speak out for the enlisted – and certainly when we do so it comes with consequences – which is what a leader should do. A leader can’t just go with the crowd.” Lt. Watada decided a year ago that he would not serve in Iraq. Since then he has spoken out at press conferences and to veterans’ groups. These actions have infuriated military offi cials, who have charged him with conduct unbecoming of an offi cer, for publicly saying that service in Iraq would make him party to a war crime, and for suggesting that soldiers could bring the war to an end by throwing down their weapons. The Pentagon maintains that Lt. Watada gave up his right to free speech when he put on his soldier’s uniform. PHOTOGRAPH: REUTERS
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Tristram Stuart – The Bloodless Revolution: Radical Vegetarians and the Discovery of India, HarperCollins Publishers, London, 2006, £25.00, reviewed by Aidan Rankin.
Ian R. Hopton – Archetypal Postures: In the Process of Creativity, La Fontbelle Press, 2005, £15.00, reviewed by Gillian Stokes.
Carl Safi na – Voyage of the Turtle: In Pursuit of the Earth’s Last Dinosaur, Henry Holt and Company, USA, 2006, £13.99, reviewed by Andy McGeeney.
Malcolm Hollick – The Science of Oneness: A Worldview for the Twenty-First Century, O-Books, UK, 2006, £14.99, reviewed by Chris Clarke.
Kirkpatrick Sale – After Eden: The Evolution of Human Domination, Duke University Press, USA, 2007, £12.99, reviewed by Chellis Glendinning.
Films – John Moat reviews At Five in the Afternoon, directed by Samira Makhmalbaf, produced by Maysam Makhmalbaf, 2002 and Stray Dogs, directed by Marziyeh Meshkini, produced by Maysam Makhmalbaf, 2003.
Rabindranath Tagore – Of Myself: Atmaparichay, Anvil Press Poetry, UK, 2006, £8.95, reviewed by Michael Tobias.
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