Two years ago I attended a presentation by a woman who advocates “selective conscientious objector” status. In other words, she believes service members should be able to say, “I’ll go to war in Afghanistan because it’s moral, but I won’t go to Iraq because it’s immoral.”
The woman, a former college professor, gave an interesting speech. She showed a good grasp of the difficulties we faced in Iraq, and gave solid reasons why troops could morally object to a specific war. I had initially been against her proposal, but once she explained it I wasn’t opposed.
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Chris Hernandez, a former Marine, has been a police officer since 1994. He is currently on leave from police work while serving in the Texas Army National Guard. In 2005 he served on a convoy escort team in Iraq, and in 2009 he worked with the French and Afghan armies in Kapisa Province, Afghanistan. He also spent 18 months as a U.N. civilian police officer in Kosovo. Hernandez is the author of an Afghanistan war novel, ‘Proof of Our Resolve,’ and blogs at chrishernandezauthor.com.