Topic: MFSO National
For them the decisions are too easy and the results are abstractions.
But our loved ones, and all of our troops who agreed to put their lives on the line to defend country and Constitution, have been put into untenable situations, facing unconscionable choices. They have to suffer the consequences of horrendously flawed decision-making in Washington, D.C. They have to decide how to respond in a situation with no good choices.
Many of our loved ones are currently serving in Iraq and for many of them accepting deployment and re-deployment is a way to help their fellow service members come home alive. Some of our loved ones were killed in Iraq; others died by their own hands months after coming home, unable to live with what they had seen or done. Some of our loved ones have come to see the Iraq war as an illegal, immoral war and have refused deployment as their way of refusing what they consider to be an illegal order. Some have sought refugee status in Canada. Some have gone AWOL or UA. And some have turned themselves over to military authorities to face possible court martial. Some have served jail time for resisting the war in Iraq.
As military families, we love and support our troops and stand by them and their choices. We support those who choose to honor their commitment to military service, to their fellow troops and to the nation and we support those who choose to resist this illegal war by refusing to serve.
We condemn the architects of this war - those who had or have a role in sending and re-sending our troops off to fight it, those who have put our loved ones in such untenable situations.
Until every person in this country, and every one of the decision-makers who sent our loved ones off to war, is willing to face the real consequences of the war, they are in no position to judge our service men and women who go to war, or those who choose to resist.
We are military families. We support our loved ones, we support our troops.
We are speaking out to say: bring our troops home now, and take care of them when they get here, and never, ever again send them off to fight an unjust and unjustifiable war, a war based on lies.
The Military Families Speak Out Board of Directors
posted to MFSO Washington chapter by Lietta Ruger