An American soldier who has served in Iraq, refused to leave the United States on Friday because he has come to believe the war in which he has fought is “an illegitimate, unnecessary campaign” and his country has broken the contract he signed. Spc. Kristoffer Walker of Green Bay, Wisconsin says he originally entered the service out of patriotism due to the 9/11 attack, but his tour of duty in Iraq has made him aware that his nation has been doing things which violate his conscience. “I feel absolutely justified in doing what I’m doing based on their breach of the initial contract” I signed when enlisting.
The ironic aspect of this case is that Walker did see a legitimate reason for fighting a war so he could not be classified as a conscientious objector. He is willing to be part of the military but he simply does not wish to be part of the Iraq operation which he has grown to intensely dislike.
This is a case in which a patriotic individual has come to believe that the disastrous campaign which George Bush has conducted in Iraq is morally wrong. An individual with such a strong moral belief should be allowed to serve in a non-combat role and once his enlistment ends, sent home. Any society needs people with such strong beliefs.