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Another Iraq War Deserter Turns Himself In

From the conscientious objectors at the DNC’s Associated Press:

Army Medic Who Went AWOL Surrenders

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An Army medic who fled rather than serve a second tour in Iraq because he believes war is immoral turned himself in Tuesday to face a possible court-martial.

Army Spec. Agustin Aguayo, 34, turned himself in around 6 p.m. at Fort Irwin, an Army base in the Mojave Desert northeast of Los Angeles, said Army spokesman Ken Drylie.

"It is the right thing to do," said Aguayo at a news conference in Los Angeles hours before going to the base. "I’m not a deserter or a coward." …

"It’s something I can live with," he said. "Something I can’t live with is being a participant of war anymore."

Aguayo has unsuccessfully fought the Pentagon for more than two years to be declared a conscientious objector and win a discharge.

Aguayo, a U.S. citizen who was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, said he was not anti-war when he enlisted in 2002. But his military experiences changed his mind. He applied for conscientious objector status in February 2004 before he was sent overseas.

He served a year as a combat medic in Tikrit, Iraq, in 2004 after the military turned down his request.

He then jumped out of a window of his base housing in Germany on Sept. 2 rather than be forced to ship out for a second tour with the 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment.

"I have come to believe that it is wrong to destroy life, that it is wrong to use war, that it is immoral, and I can no longer go down this path," Aguayo said…

Note that Mr. Aguayo applied for conscientious objector status before he was sent overseas.

Also note that he is a medic. So what does that have to do with his sudden discovery that it is "wrong to destroy life"? Unless he is a lousy medic.

Lastly, it should be noted that Mr. Aguayo was born in Guadalajara, Mexico but is described as a US citizen.

Was that one of his benefits for joining up?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, September 27th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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