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Soldier Calls Iraq War Illegal, Will Not Report to Duty

On June 15, soldier Matthis Chiroux will not report for duty to be deployed to Iraq. At a press conference yesterday, the 24-year-old, who comes from a poor family and has served since he graduated high school, explained that he refuses to be part of the problem in Iraq.

Not one to shrink from service, Matthis has served in Afghanistan, Germany, Japan, and the Philippines. An emotional Matthis told a room full of veterans:

I stand before you today with the strength and clarity and resolve to declare to the military, my government and the world that this soldier will not be deploying to Iraq. 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.

This week veterans who dissent from the Bush Administration's version of Iraq have been testifying before Congress. They have described systematic abuses and unreported occurrences of civilian deaths.

Unlike many of the thousands of deserters who have fled to Canada since 2003 to escape prosecution, Matthis has vowed to remain in America and fight the charges.

Are you proud of Matthis for his disobedience and protest of what he considers an illegal war? Or should a soldier be prepared to disagree with objectives, and a President's politics, when he or she joins up? What will happen if more soldiers follow Matthis' lead?


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UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Also, US soldiers have found mass graves in Iraq. The graves weren't filled with old or sick bodies. They were murdered by Sadam. If the atrocities of Myanmar are so horrible, why is those same atrocities not "invade-worthy" in Iraq?
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
If they draft me, I will gladly go and fight to make my country better and safer. The thing is, THERE ISN'T A DRAFT! When this boy signed up to be a soldier, he took an oath to obey all orders. If he didn't want to go to war, he shouldn't have joined the military.
ghostofchance ghostofchance 9 years
a true hero. The war criminals who perpetrated this illegal and immoral war should stand trial better yet send their daughters if they are so sure it's a just war. need I remind anyone that it took 953 lies to get us in the mess we're in. As a former sandbox player all I have to say is this "blood for oil" has to end.
keninktkn keninktkn 9 years
Have to add one more thing, if they draft you, any of you, would it be fair to go to iraq? would it be right with all the reasons for going wrong? I wont go, and would fight to make a point of not going. I dont believe in it, and was against iraq from the begining. Try to look at Iraq for what it is, a country full of people who hate our religion, our way of life, and then think about saving them from us.... I have five children, and I resent the fact we are killing our kids, much less thiers. How many civilian deaths in Iraq, now picture that as your home. Changes your perspective on war quick. I would invade a country like Manymar, in a heartbeat, for what they have not done to save thier own people, but in Iraq, was that the issue? no. OIL&BUSH, go hand in hand.
keninktkn keninktkn 9 years
I agree to disagree, was this soldier in the military when they told everyone, we have to save the world, they have weapons of mass distruction??? If you beleive that you are a slave, that you signed up for a no choice tour, your an idiot. No one is the governments bitch just cause they sign up, WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE A FREE SOCIETY! I believe that the constitution gives us some guarantees, that are not intended to be refined to fit any one special interest, so if the war is wrong, and you are already in the military, and see its wrong, then you should be able to choose not to go. This war is unconstitutional, and so is the patriot act, I say they are patriot actors, those that signed our freedoms away should be held accountable, and I for one want an appology from my government, to supercede my freedom for one act of terrorism is a travesty, and may lead, in my opinion, to more domestic terrorism here at home, as we are abused under the new laws. I dont trust my government anymore, as they dont appear to trust me, as most of the provisions to the Patriot act directly attack my freedoms, not some terrorist from another country, they can still reach out and touch us if they choose, but the damage is already done, they dont have to. Now, had he signed up after the start of the war, he is accountable and should support his company, if not his government.
Cherylish Cherylish 9 years
I think a lot of people sign up but really have no idea what they are getting themselves into. A lot of people do it if they aren't going to college just because they don't know what else to do w/themselves (at least everyone I know who enlisted were like that). I think he's good he's standing up for himself.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Well its a hot day, so hey, thats ok with me!! :)
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
We put your bra in the freezer cab. :sneaky-evil:
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Jill I think he used the word occupation to support his case, whether its the truth or not. Like in trials when they tell you not to use the victim's first name because that garners sympathy... he is using the word "occupation" to garner sympathy.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
You guys crack me up!
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
What happened to the party in here? It got all serious again. :(
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
MY guess UnDave is that he was discharged, but that he had some inactive reserve duty time left in which they could call him back at any time. I got honorably discharged in 2003, but I wasn't officially safe from being called back until 2005.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I find it pretty interesting that he used the word "occupation" of Iraq multiple times. Maybe he just wants people to know that is what it is turning into.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
If he got out, how can he be called back? If he is in the reserves, then he didn't get out.
stephley stephley 9 years
Sugar, the notion that the war may be illegal is not new. If the President lied to get Congress to approve his actions, as some people believe he did, then it possibly is illegal. And as others have pointed out, the guy has served for six years and the contract is tight, but not necessarily ironclad.
Sugarblonde Sugarblonde 9 years
Yeah no offense but you signed the contract to serve... what did you just want to coast by in service? Also maybe I'm missing something but how is the war "illegal?" That is a new one... Seems people would've jumped all over that one if it was breaking a law.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
I don't even care if it's illegal or immoral. To me that has nothing to do with it. The greatest of America rest solely on its citizen's ability to protest its government's actions and to still be a part of this country. To me, those who say "my country right or wrong" need to embrace that fully and not just for those who embrace the rights or wrongs of the government, but of their brother and sister citizens as well. AND ANOTHER THING! So what if someone protests this war, if those that believe so fully in its objective are shaken by someone who speaks against it, their belief can not be that firm.
stephley stephley 9 years
Dang Jessy, you ruined the surprise!
jessy777 jessy777 9 years
I all these comments have pointed to the many flaws in our nations military system. However, I believe that he must uphold is contract and it conflicts me because I agree with his statements about the war. He will be charged and might spend jail time but those are the consequences for dissension. I appreciate his courage to serve this country and his courage to speak his mind. History has shown that this is an illegal and immoral war and it is an occupation of Iraq, not liberation. I guess the world will see in a couple of weeks when we strike Iran, maybe then we will see the real purpose of this "war".
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
UnDave - Does it make a difference to you that he has deployed once already and that he did get out of the Army when his enlistment was up? He's being called back.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
It's a great thing to stand up for your beliefs, except when you volunteer for the military. If you don't like the war, don't sign-up, resign, whatever. I really hate hearing about the idiots who joined the military, and when fighting starts, suddenly trhey become a consciencous (sp) objector. If you can't stand to fire a gun, get money for college elsewhere. It may mean you actually have to study and get good grades though...
mazdagirluk mazdagirluk 9 years
I am proud he and others are standing up for their beliefs. Not everyone feels safe to do that anymore.
stephley stephley 9 years
G'night Harmony, pleasant dreams
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
:rotfl: Too true steph...too true.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
Goodnight Rac...Goodnight Steph!
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