Doing The Time

A fireman doesn't get the option to decide what burning buildings are worth saving and which ones should burn to the ground. An emergency medical worker doesn't get to make choices about who should be saved and who's not worth it. Let's call it like it is- war is hell. Anyone who signs up for the military and chooses that career path knows there may be lots of unpleasant moments- you don't have to read the fine print to know the absolute rules.

And thus, the answer is simple on the case of the local army lieutenant who feels he simply can't justify fighting in Iraq. He must pay the consequences for his refusal to fight, which he seems willing to do. Justifiable or not, today or yesterday, once you've made the commitment to be a part of this team, you must play the game until the end. This is about fulfilling one's acknowledged duty, one's oath, one's promise, one's commitment. We guarantee people the right to speak their piece and to disagree about just about anything in America; we allow people to exercise their free will; we allow people to be defiant and perhaps even brazen and brave with their words and actions.

But in this case, there are clearly understood consequences. This is not about public opinion; it's about legal imperatives vs. a revised personal conviction. Both sides will stand firm in their convictions; both sides understand their positions. And we are all left to think about it...