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Ehren Watada has refused orders to Iraq.
I refuse to be silent any longer. I refuse to be party to an illegal and immoral war against people who did nothing to deserve our aggression. My oath of office is to protect and defend America’s laws and its people. By refusing unlawful orders for an illegal war, I fulfill that oath today.
–U.S. Army First Lt. Ehren Watada
I want to emphasize the one above, but these also are valuable.
I swore never to be silent whenever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
Foolish men imagine that because judgment for an evil thing is delayed, there is no justice … Judgment for an evil thing is many times delayed … but it is sure as life, it is sure as death.
I wouldn’t call it fascism exactly, but a political system nominally controlled by an irresponsible, dumbed down electorate who are manipulated by dishonest, cynical, controlled mass media that dispense the propaganda of a corrupt political establishment can hardly be described as democracy either.
—Edward Zehr – (1936-2001) Columnist
In relation to the political decontamination of our public life, the government will embark upon a systematic campaign to restore the nationâ€™s moral and material health. The whole educational system, theater, film, literature, the press and broadcasting — all these will be used as a means to this end.
—Adolf Hitler (1889-1945) 23 March 1933
Yes, Hitler really did say things like that. And people really did believe him. And he really did cause WWII and all it’s attendant horrors.