March 28, 2005

Pfc. Pathetic

U.S. Army Iraq Veteran Guilty of Refusing Orders
By Andy Buerger Reuters

DARMSTADT, Germany (Reuters) - A U.S. military court convicted a 23-year-old Army mechanic of willfully disobeying orders for refusing to perform duties after a year-long tour of Iraq, an army spokesman said Monday.

Specialist Blake Lemoine, who returned to Germany in May 2004, said he wanted to quit the army due to religious beliefs.

The special military court sentenced Lemoine to seven months confinement, reduction in rank to private and gave him a bad conduct discharge, said Bruce Anderson, deputy public affairs spokesman for the 3rd Corps support command.

Lemoine, who had condemned the invasion of Iraq, was charged for repeatedly refusing to obey orders from commanders between Jan. 10 and Feb. 15 at a base in Darmstadt, south of Frankfurt.

Lemoine, from Moraville, Louisiana, told a recent news conference in Germany sponsored by anti-war groups that even though he volunteered to join the army, he had changed his mind and wanted to leave.

"It was simply a slow realisation that serving in the U.S. military at this day and time contradicts my religion and to continue to do so would make me a hypocrite," he said last week.

Lemoine had also been quoted in German newspapers as saying: "The contract with the U.S. army is a slavery contract." He also spoke out against U.S. army violence against Iraqis, saying: "Iraqi civilians are often treated worse than animals."

Lemoine joined the army for three years, a term which would have ended on Feb. 13, but extended his enlistment at some point for a further eight-month period.

Absolutely disgraceful. What religion do you subscibe to, soldier? You obviously were not too familiar with the fundamental principles of your religion going into the service if you all-of-a-sudden realized you were being a hypocrite.

Unless you became a Quaker, that is.

Oh, and nice little jab about being bound by a "slavery contract." Wait a sec, you thought after 6 months of training you were free to come and go as you please?

You dishonor the uniform.


Posted by Kyer at March 28, 2005 06:02 PM