Monday, July 10, 2006

Hamdan and Watada--By Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith

Last paragraph of an article in both the Nation and War Crimes analyzing what Lt. Watada's courageous stand could mean to the U.S. Outlines important precedents for acts like Watada's to spark movements that can make real changes--the Civil Rights movement being one.

"When Lieutenant Watada refused to deploy to Iraq, he struck a blow against the Iraq war. Since the Supreme Court decision in the Hamdan case, he may also have become the point person in the effort to restore the rule of law in America. It took the civil rights movement to overcome massive resistance and realize the promise of equality made in the Supreme Court's Brown vs. Board of Education decision. So today it will take a movement for checks and balances and against war crimes to overcome Bush administration resistance and realize the promise of constitutional restoration proffered in the Hamdan decision. Lieutenant Watada may represent the emergence of that movement."

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