U.S. Soldier in Iraq refuses to continue combat role

July 2, 2007 at 10:47 pm 2 comments

by Rhea Cutillo

Eli Israel, US Soldier, declines to further participate in the occupation.

Declaring that “we [USA] are now violating the people of this country [Iraq] in ways that we would never accept on our own soil”, Eli Israel told his commanding officer that he would no longer play a ‘combat role’ in this conflict or ‘protect corporate representatives.’ That same day [June 19, 2007] Eli wrote a letter to a friend saying that they have taken his decision as ‘violating a direct order’ and has asked that friend to tell everyone about his situation for fear that he might ‘disappear’.

You can read the story here: http://www.ivaw.org/node/1040

As well as from other various sources googled.

Eli will most likely be court-martialed (to be tried for an offense by a military court). The support for this is that he is breaking military law by disobeying direct orders.   However, the tacit agreement that one makes with the government in joining the army – whether volunteer or conscription – is that our country will not be careless with a soldier’s life by sending him off on ill-conceived, poorly-planned, and unnecessary military adventures. Even so, it is impossible to write a law determining when the military has engaged wrongfully as this will always be an opinion. So one can only act according to what he or she thinks is right, so be it if there are consequences. Eli became morally opposed to the war after he had seen what the United States were doing in and to Iraq. He took a courageous step, in not only defying his commanding officer, but to recognize what he was participating in and to want no part in it. Millions are against this war. But a soldier openly rejecting it is something that the government can not ignore. They will try to silence this story. We cannot let them. We can also not allow illegal mistreatment of this soldier, Eli Israel. Spread the word. Contact his Senator, Mitch McConnell (link to his info is in the aforementioned site), and encourage him to fend for this soldiers rights against any illegal retaliation.

‘What I have to do is to see, at any rate, that I do not lend myself to the wrong which I condemn.” – On the Duty of Civil Disobedience – Henry David Thoreau

For more up to date information on Eli’s situation, click here


Entry filed under: Resistance, Soldiers.


2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. john  |  January 25, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    I am against this war also. What Eli is doing is TREASON in my book. Being in the military is just like civilan life in ways. We all have rules and regulations that we must follow. Since Eli is “morally oposed” to the war, he should have gone through proper channels and have his grieveances made known. There is NO tacit agreement with the government that says they will not send him off to an “ill-conceived, poorly planned and unnecssary military adventures!!! The agreement with the government is that while you are in the military you will obey ALL orders given to you.

  • 2. David  |  October 2, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Sometimes treason is justified, like when your country is plundering smaller countries, stirring up hate against Arabs, and killing innocent people in raids. Going through proper channels would have only resulted in him being turned down and the order to deploy upheld. One cannot decry an action solely because it is treason – Nazi officers who tried to blow up Hitler committed treason and are heroes.


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