The United States Army has decided to allow a commissioned officer to resign from the service after he refused to accept an assignment to fight in Iraq. Lt. Ehren Watada will be granted a discharge “under other than honorable conditions.” He preferred an honorable discharge but will accept the one given him. Lt. Watada refused the Iraq assignment on grounds that fighting in that area would make him party to war crimes. His initial court-martial ended in a mistrial.
The war in Iraq has given rise to numerous war crime actions on the part of the United States as well as al-Qaeda. It is best to end this situation and allow those who feel deeply about the war crimes issue to leave the service.