soldier is in Iraq by his own doing
By Monica Benderman, 31 December 2004
Unfortunately, I believe that no soldier is in Iraq by his own doing.
Most definitely, the Iraqis are not. But to understand why I say that
about the US military, I believe you have to become more aware of exactly
what is involved in saying NO to Iraq.
My husband spoke to his commander yesterday, his unit is scheduled to fly
back to Iraq next week.
The commander refused to approve his request for Conscientious Objector
Status. My husband then took it to the Brigade CSM who did his best to
talk my husband out of it. Going so far as to tell my husband that
"the people we are going over there to kill rape 8 year old
My husband's response... fathers rape their daughters in America, uncles
rape their nieces, and pastors rape altar boys, and yet no American
soldier is ordered to go to where that person lives and shoot them with an
The CO status is pending, but they are making it very difficult for my
husband. The other options, for any military personnel who have a
conscience....jail for however long this government decides, moving to
Canada, or some other foreign country that may or not grant asylum, or
Are you aware of how many soldiers, marines and National Guard would
willingly join in a lawsuit against the legality of this war, if they
could afford the high priced team of Human and Civil Rights attorneys who
have expressed an interest in this case, and if they could be assured that
once having taken on this case, they would still have a home, a family,
and a country that supported them?
My husband has spoken to just such a team of attorneys. They have
researched this case, and believe that, while difficult, it is possible.
The problem... cost, and naturally, the unknown.
Soldiers need the support of their country. Soldiers fight hard for this
country, and do not have the benefit of knowing just how many people are
truly there for them.
If we could find a way to show them that the support is real, that the
support isn't just lip service in chat rooms and on forum pages, but that
it is real, and open, and confident in the RIGHT of what these soldiers
are doing... I guarantee you... there are a hundred thousand soldiers who
would fight for the right thing.
America hasn't done enough to show these soldiers that they will stand
behind them when they throw down their weapons.
Right now... our government is "brainwashing" our military.. and
our military is falling into their trap because there are still not enough
strong American civilians who are willing to stand boldly beside the
soldiers and say NO to that government.
The soldiers have lives, and families that they feel responsible for. We
can talk all day about what they SHOULD DO... but many, first and foremost
believe that they have no other choice but to follow orders, so that the
people they love stay protected, not from enemy terrorists, but from our
We are all willing to fight... but I don't think American civilians
realize how much of the fight for the military depends on them.
Sometime the talk has to stop, and the action begin.
just got back from the hospital visiting 2 soldiers
By Monica Benderman, 8 January 2005
just got back from the hospital, Winn Army Hospital, visiting 2 soldiers,
both of whom were scheduled to deploy with Kevin's unit yesterday.
One didn't make it.. he had knee problems and went to the doctor on
Wednesday. The dr. gave him a full bottle of Percoset.
When his wife woke up yesterday morning, she found him on the floor. He
had taken 32 Percoset. The doctor said that she was 10 min. from not being
able to save him.
Today, he was still groggy, but determined.
They had told him that it didn't matter that he was in the Psych. ward, he
was just "malingering" and he would be deployed on Monday, as
soon as he was released. I talked with him and told him that his Sgt.
Benderman had sent a message, "I got your back."
The soldier has decided to refuse to deploy, and he will stay here and
fight alongside Kevin.
The second soldier also did not get on the plane. He missed the deploy
time, and they thought that he had gone AWOL.
They found him along a highway about 30 min from here. He had driven to a
point, stopped his car, taken a full bottle of pills, then gotten out and
walked along the highway with a gun in his hand.
Fortunately, he passed out before he could use the gun. I gave him the
same message from Kevin.
He too is ready to refuse deployment and stand with Kevin.
Both of these soldiers said that they would rather die here than die in
Iraq. The details will come out, but I can assure you, it is due to an
ungodly amount of pressure, very, very negative pressure from the same
command structure that Kevin is now speaking out about.
These two soldiers are going to be okay. They are getting stronger, one is
still a little more groggy than the other, but they are ready to fight.
Both are very grateful to everyone of you. I told them about all of the
support they have waiting for them, and they really can't believe it.
For your information, there are many more to follow.
It is just the beginning.
There will be little communication with the soldiers "in
country" until the end of this month, for "security
reasons." But some of the soldiers did manage to find a way to be
able to have access.. at very great risk to themselves.. so please know
that there is a great problem with this unit right now.
We will keep you up to date, as we hear more. Just know, what you are
doing does matter to these soldiers, and we are getting word to them. They
are sooo happy to know that you all are there.