Matthis Chiroux, a 24-year old U.S Army Sergeant who has been in the Army for six years, has stated he will not go to fight in Iraq. According to Agnes France Press, he is just one of thousands.
[Matthis]Chiroux joined the U.S Army straight out of high school six years ago, and worked his way up from private to Sergent.
He served in Afghanistan, Germany, Japan, and the Philippines and was due to be deployed next month in Iraq.
On Thursday, he refused to go, saying he considers Iraq an illegal war.
“I stand before you today with the strength and clarity and resolve to declare to the Military, my government, and the world that this solider will not be deploying to Iraq,” Chiroux said in the sun-filled rotunda of a Congressional building in Washington.
“My decision is based on my desire to no longer continue violating my core values to support an illegal and unconstitutional occupation…….. I refuse to participate in the Iraq occupation,” he said , as a dozen veterans of the five year old Iraq war looked on.
Minutes earlier, Chiroux had cried openly as he listened to former comrades in-arms testify before members of Congress about the failings of the Iraq War.
The testimonies were the first before Congress about the failings of the Iraq War.
MY TAKE: I understand the arguments of those who state that he signed up and that you can’t pick and choose the battles and wars in which you engage as a component of the U.S or any country’s armed forces.
However, when the American public,many of those who serve in government, countries around the world, the instability our occupation has brought to that region, and things such as facts and logic, and now the soldiers are now at odds over this war with Bush/Cheney and the neoconservatives; maybe the administration should consider the possibility that the occupation of Iraq is more of an onerous burden then it is worth.
After all it is the soldiers, people, and those outside the quarters of the White house who live with, die, fight, and sacrifice in this war. Maybe we should all have a say on whether this occupation is really worth it.