Monday, November 21, 2005


Conscientious Objector: 1. One who refuses to serve in the armed forces on grounds of conscience - CO (Dictionary) 2. A conscientious objector is an individual whose personal beliefs are incompatible with military service, perhaps with any role in the armed forces or just with a particular war. This constitutes a conflict in the case of conscription.

Conscientious objectors may distinguish between wars of offensive aggression and defensive wars. The opposition to war need not be absolute and total, but may depend on circumstance. The only real criterion that defines a conscientious objector is that they be sincerely following the dictates of their conscience.

The legal status of conscientious objectors has varied over the years and from nation to nation. Many conscientious objectors have been imprisoned or executed for refusing to participate in wars. In the United States, the Supreme Court ruled in 1970 that it is not necessary for a conscientious objector to have a religious basis for their beliefs. From Wikipedia encyclopedia

Well I just read this article in the Army Times about a female Army Cook who is objecting to the war in Iraq and Afganistan. Basically, by the definitions I posted you don't have to have any reason to be a C.O., other than you object. I say let her out. Let out anybody else who doesn't want to serve. Why would I want to go to Iraq along side a coward??


Blogger cryptofreq said...

if you let her out then you establish a dangerous precedent.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006 8:38:00 PM  

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