Magazine article The World and I

Sailor Refuses to Deploy to the Persian Gulf

Magazine article The World and I

Sailor Refuses to Deploy to the Persian Gulf

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The war in Iraq continues to cause much debate and dissent among the American public and military. Pablo Paredes is the latest of 5,500 cases of military personnel refusing to serve in this great act of violence and injustice. Oliver North, Ron Kovic, and Fernando Suarez del Solar all have made their opinions about Pablo Paredes' recent decision and actions against the war in Iraq and violence known to the media.

Thousands have responded to the online polls posted by local San Diego TV stations. Many demonstrators have made their voices heard. We have also received many letters expressing the views of the American people on Pablo's act of courage (see Web site: Below are three comments about Pablo Paredes' case:

OLIVER NORTH, radio talk-show host:

"Just for giggles, do a Google search on Pablo Paredes. Hundreds of media outlets have written about him. The wire services have blasted his story to thousands of newspapers. Television and radio debate programs gladly provide the public with talking heads that can speak eloquently on the actions of Pablo Paredes.

"You see, Pablo Paredes, a Navy petty officer third class, did something the liberal elites consider "heroic" and the media consider "newsworthy"--he defied an order. Last week, Paredes refused to board his ship bound for Iraq along with 5,000 other sailors and Marines. He showed up on the pier wearing a black T- shirt that read, "Like a Cabinet member, I resign."

"We know this because Paredes had the courtesy and forethought to notify the local media that he would commit an act of cowardice the following day. …

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