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Posted on 05/14/2005 9:35:44 AM PDT by viva la france

TWO MEN are being put on trial by the military this week because they answered their consciences.

Pablo Paredes and Kevin Benderman refused to accept the lies they were told about the U.S. war on Iraq. Refused to accept the racist dehumanization of the Iraqi people. Refused to participate in the violence of the most lethal military machine in the history of the world. Refused to go to war for oil and empire in Iraq.

Paredes, a third class petty officer, refused to board his Navy ship bound for the Persian Gulf, bringing 3,000 Marines to the battlefield--to kill and be killed. Benderman, an Army sergeant, applied for conscientious objector status before his unit deployed to Iraq for a second tour of duty.

Now, the military wants to punish them for it--to silence their voices before the spirit of resistance reaches more soldiers. Pablo and Kevin will appear at separate court-martial trials this week, where they will face prison time--up to one year for Pablo, and as many as seven years for Kevin.

But both men say they are prepared to go to jail rather than participate in an unjust war--one that causes the kind of atrocities Kevin described in an interview with Socialist Worker. He talked about the haunting memory of a young girl standing alongside the road, whose “arm was burned all the way up her shoulder, and I don’t mean just a little blistered...She had third degree burns the entire length of her arm, and she was crying in pain because of the burns.

“I asked the troop executive officer if we could stop and help the family, and I was told that the medical supplies we had were limited, and that we may need them. I informed him that I would donate my share to that girl, but we didn’t stop to help her.”

Pablo and Kevin are the real heroes--for standing up against Bush’s war. And around the U.S., people are rallying to their defense--and turning the tables on Washington’s war machine.

They will hold pickets and protests to put George Bush’s war--and not the war resisters--on trial. Here, Socialist Worker convenes a court of the people--to hear testimony in the trial of an immoral and unjust war.

IN HIS OWN DEFENSE Pablo Paredes

Naval petty officer third class, facing a special court-martial for refusing to board his ship, the USS Bonhomme Richard, last December when it left for the Persian Gulf.

I ELECTED to carry a cross with me--a cross that will take away my freedom, and incarcerate me for a time. My family and a community of caring people who have embraced this struggle help me carry this minor cross.

But it is those for whom I carry this minor cross who truly need our help. It is the Iraqis--who die for nothing more than believing they have a right to exist in their own country--who need help. It is the Iraqi families who lose children, mothers and fathers for no other reason than believing they have a right to breathe their own air.

It is the misled soldiers, with heroism in their heart and courage in their blood, who die at the hands of those they are misled into believing they are helping--it is they who need help carrying their cross. It is the families here at home who are left alone to mourn these unjust losses. It is the communities who are losing their leaders of tomorrow and their resources of today, who desperately need our help.

It is humanity as a whole that is carrying the mighty weight of unprovoked, unnecessary and unjust violence.

Unfortunately, many have removed themselves so far from the realities of places like Iraq that they can use a warped sense of cost-benefit analysis to make decisions--such as how much money can be made versus how many American lives can be lost before public opinion shifts.

These same war profiteers who never look their victims in the eye expect the citizenry of the world to follow suit and give up the quality which makes us human. They want us to watch filtered news and cleansed reports, and give a thumbs-up to the brutal murders that happen daily in Iraq and elsewhere. They want us to pretend Iraqis are not human beings--they are “Islamic fundamentalists,” they are “terrorists,” they are “insurgents” trying to murder our young boys over there.

The beneficiaries of war--measured easiest as those who wouldn’t dream of taking part in war themselves, yet who reap the profits daily--would like us to believe that American lives matter, and Iraqi lives don’t.

I call on everyone who hears my voice, or reads these words, to reclaim their humanity. Refuse, as every member of humanity should, to promote this mass violence against innocent people.


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1 posted on 05/14/2005 9:35:44 AM PDT by viva la france
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To: viva la france

Viva la farce.


2 posted on 05/14/2005 9:36:24 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Anyone who thinks we believe Hillary on any issue is truly a moron.)
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To: viva la france

I hope reading Free Republic enrages you.


3 posted on 05/14/2005 9:41:38 AM PDT by andyandval
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To: cripplecreek

The only illegal thing about the war is the wimps in Congress did not vote to declare war on Iraq. If they had done so then traitors at Code Pink and those deserters can be shot.


4 posted on 05/14/2005 9:41:49 AM PDT by boofus
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To: viva la france; MeekOneGOP; King Prout
They been hitting the juice again....

Where
5 posted on 05/14/2005 9:43:28 AM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: viva la france

Somebody please post those pictures of smiling Iraqi voters for our guest?


6 posted on 05/14/2005 9:43:36 AM PDT by agere_contra
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To: viva la france

dude, your names says it all.

I'll help you pack your garbage bag, and drive you to the airport myself


7 posted on 05/14/2005 9:44:20 AM PDT by backinthefold (you got a problem with that?)
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To: viva la france
"Pablo Paredes and Kevin Benderman refused to accept the lies they were told about the U.S. war on Iraq."


8 posted on 05/14/2005 9:44:28 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("As a conservative site, Free Republic is pro-G-d, PRO-LIFE..." -- FR founder Jim Robinson)
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To: viva la france

Goodbye viva la farte


9 posted on 05/14/2005 9:46:43 AM PDT by demlosers (Rumsfeld: "We don't have an exit strategy, we have a victory strategy.'')
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To: agere_contra
How about this one?


10 posted on 05/14/2005 9:46:58 AM PDT by andyandval
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To: boofus

I'm thinking of asking for my money back from JimRob. The quality of the trolls supplied for zotification has been really below par lately.


11 posted on 05/14/2005 9:47:37 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Anyone who thinks we believe Hillary on any issue is truly a moron.)
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To: viva la france

Paredes - An oathbreaker deserving death.

Benderman - A coward deserving undying contempt and ridicule.

Anyone else? Oh yes, one more...

viva la france - A slackjawed DUmmie deserving Le Zott' for his foolishness and stench.


12 posted on 05/14/2005 9:49:09 AM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (Children's classic songs updated for Islam "If you're happy and you know it, Go Kaboom!")
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To: andyandval

Thank you!

Now, vive la France. Voyez-vous ces doigts ?


13 posted on 05/14/2005 9:50:17 AM PDT by agere_contra
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To: Dr.Zoidberg

While we're at it, lets execute Martin Sheen for real.
14 posted on 05/14/2005 9:50:24 AM PDT by boofus
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To: viva la france

LOL! I knew my socialist BIL would get around to posting here eventually. Nice to see ya, Brad! ;)


15 posted on 05/14/2005 9:51:20 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: viva la france

16 posted on 05/14/2005 9:51:31 AM PDT by SolidRedState (E Pluribus Funk --- (Latin taglines are sooooo cool! Don't ya think?))
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To: viva la france
I call on everyone who hears my voice,

Oh shut up! I'm trying to watch SciFi........

17 posted on 05/14/2005 9:51:45 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (After 32 years of dealing with stupid people I still haven't earned the right to just shoot them.)
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To: Dr.Zoidberg
A slackjawed DUmmie


18 posted on 05/14/2005 9:51:45 AM PDT by andyandval
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To: viva la france

Here ya go TROLL!

19 posted on 05/14/2005 9:51:54 AM PDT by beltfed308
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To: viva la france
Too bad they weren't in the finest tradition of the French Fighting Man. They could have gone to Iraq and immediately surrendered
20 posted on 05/14/2005 9:52:44 AM PDT by Kozak (Anti Shahada: " There is no God named Allah, and Muhammed is his False Prophet")
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To: viva la france
How about this, REFUSE, in the name of Humanity, REFUSE the urge, the cowardice it takes, to allow men to treat others, in the hundreds of thousands, as fodder for a quiet death machine. REFUSE to conduct world affairs as if this behaviour were normal, moral, or unworthy of judgment. REFUES conduct business as normal, and to make "proclamations" and issue "warnings" with no teeth, with no backing. REFUSE the stupidity of the nihilism that has gripped the West, especially Europe, which is leading it to its doom.

Men of good conscience, there are times when one must ACT, when words serve no purpose. REFUSE to blind yourself of this fact, and ACT.

21 posted on 05/14/2005 9:52:53 AM PDT by Paradox (In my heart, I will always be something of a Liberal, in my head, a Conservative. Head wins.)
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To: andyandval

22 posted on 05/14/2005 9:53:08 AM PDT by blueberry12
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To: boofus
While I am filled with compassion for those among us who are not in full possession of their faculties, I'm in agreement with you.

Some threats to mankind should not be allowed to continue no matter how mentally defective they may be.

You may fire when ready.
23 posted on 05/14/2005 9:53:17 AM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (Children's classic songs updated for Islam "If you're happy and you know it, Go Kaboom!")
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To: viva la france

Idiot. It's "Vive la France!" Dimbulb.


24 posted on 05/14/2005 9:53:34 AM PDT by Clara Lou
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To: viva la france
The signature block says it all.

Il n'y a pas d'honte être français. Il y a seulement l'honte dans rester de français.
(There is no shame in being French. There is only shame in staying French.)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

25 posted on 05/14/2005 9:55:10 AM PDT by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: beltfed308

That one's awesome! Love it! Though you need a few bullet holes in the fish tank, too. ;)


26 posted on 05/14/2005 9:55:12 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: andyandval

Thank you, thank you! I'm here all week.

Try the veal and don't forget to tip your waiter.


27 posted on 05/14/2005 9:55:15 AM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (Children's classic songs updated for Islam "If you're happy and you know it, Go Kaboom!")
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To: viva la france; MeekOneGOP

viva la zotted!!!

hahahahahaha


28 posted on 05/14/2005 9:55:41 AM PDT by MikefromOhio (I joined the EEEVVIILLLL Sam's Club on Friday, April 22nd, 2005.....)
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To: viva la france
Hey, Frenchie

Try some of this.


29 posted on 05/14/2005 9:55:59 AM PDT by andyandval
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To: viva la france

Viva la merde.


30 posted on 05/14/2005 9:56:31 AM PDT by DTogo (U.S. out of the U.N. & U.N out of the U.S.)
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To: viva la france; MEG33; dubyaismypresident; 4mycountry; Pan_Yans Wife; E Rocc; dirtboy; ...
Here lies viva la france, the DU troll.

31 posted on 05/14/2005 9:57:49 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (islam and the dumbocRATs are two cancers on this Earth.)
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To: viva la france

Those who refuse to support and defend a state have no claim to protection by that state. Killing an anarchist or a pacifist should not be defined as "murder" in a legalistic sense. The offense against the state, if any, should be "Using a deadly weapon inside city limits," or "Creating a traffic hazard," or "Endangering bystanders," or other misdemeanor.

ROBERT HEINLEIN


32 posted on 05/14/2005 9:58:05 AM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ("In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit." AYN RAND)
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To: beltfed308
#19

Great pic!

5.56mm

33 posted on 05/14/2005 9:59:11 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: viva la france

Too bad froggy boy.
How's your invasion for cocoa going?


34 posted on 05/14/2005 9:59:38 AM PDT by Darksheare (There is a flaw in my surreality, it's totally unrealistic.)
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To: viva la france
This account has been banned or suspended.

viva la france = hors de combat, non?

35 posted on 05/14/2005 9:59:56 AM PDT by VadeRetro (Liberalism is a cancer on society. Creationism is a cancer on conservatism.)
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To: beltfed308

Just needs a few flying spent cartridges to add to the authenticity. Otherwise, it's a 9 out of 10.


36 posted on 05/14/2005 10:00:50 AM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (Children's classic songs updated for Islam "If you're happy and you know it, Go Kaboom!")
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To: Darksheare
"Reports were that French troops shot into a crowd of civilians protesting in the Ivory Coast."

No blood for cocoa!

37 posted on 05/14/2005 10:02:01 AM PDT by andyandval
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To: andyandval
*Sigh* Late to the Zot again. Re-color me disappointed.

Nam Vet

38 posted on 05/14/2005 10:02:09 AM PDT by Nam Vet (MSM reporters think the MOIST dream they had the night before is a "reliable source".)
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To: viva la france

Let me be one of the first to say "France Sucks".


39 posted on 05/14/2005 10:02:29 AM PDT by JustAnAmerican (Being Independent means never having to say you're Partisan)
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To: viva la france

40 posted on 05/14/2005 10:03:46 AM PDT by axes_of_weezles (Ha!)
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To: Hot Tabasco
Oh shut up! I'm trying to watch SciFi........

Not "Fortess 2" I hope.

41 posted on 05/14/2005 10:04:33 AM PDT by freedumb2003 (First you get the sugar, then you get the power, then you get the women (HJ Simpson))
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To: viva la france
Every single troll is an ENEMY OF THE REPUBLIC!


42 posted on 05/14/2005 10:05:03 AM PDT by Paul_Denton (Get the U.N. out of the U.S. and U.S. out of the U.N.!)
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To: andyandval

or stinky cheese!!!!


43 posted on 05/14/2005 10:05:26 AM PDT by MikefromOhio (I joined the EEEVVIILLLL Sam's Club on Friday, April 22nd, 2005.....)
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To: M Kehoe; Diana in Wisconsin

Thanks. I got it from a fellow FReeper :)


44 posted on 05/14/2005 10:05:42 AM PDT by beltfed308
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To: viva la france
I call on everyone who hears my voice, or reads these words, to reclaim their humanity. Refuse, as every member of humanity should, to promote this mass violence against innocent people.

What if the innocent people promote mass violence against me?

45 posted on 05/14/2005 10:06:08 AM PDT by woofie
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To: andyandval

Yeah!
No blood for cocoa!
Frogs get out now!
LOL!


46 posted on 05/14/2005 10:06:15 AM PDT by Darksheare (There is a flaw in my surreality, it's totally unrealistic.)
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To: Paul_Denton

is it me, or do you think that there will be some great ZOT pics in the upcoming Star Wars flick?


47 posted on 05/14/2005 10:06:19 AM PDT by MikefromOhio (I joined the EEEVVIILLLL Sam's Club on Friday, April 22nd, 2005.....)
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48 posted on 05/14/2005 10:06:52 AM PDT by blueberry12
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To: viva la france
"tschuss, frenchy.

As a parting gift, allow me to introduce a new concept - soap.

49 posted on 05/14/2005 10:07:05 AM PDT by patton ("Fool," said my Muse to me, "look in thy heart, and write.")
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To: andyandval

I like cocoa


blood for cocoa!!!!


50 posted on 05/14/2005 10:07:39 AM PDT by woofie
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