Monday, February 12, 2007

The Bravest Man Who Would Not Go

The Bravest Man Who Would Not Go
By Mark Lysgaard
2/7/07

As the trial is underway
For Lieutenant Watada’s court marshal,
Not all the facts are on display
And just the government’s facts are partial.

It used to be a soldier’s duty and right
To refuse an unlawful order.
Invading a country under false pretense
Is crossing the justice border.

Ehren Watada stood tall and proud
And took a moral stand.
Refusing to go back to Iraq
And perhaps to go to Iran.

But the judge in the case refused to hear
The case on moral grounds.
The duty to disobey an unlawful order
Is out of the Bush legal bounds.

Under the military code of justice
Morality is no longer discussed,
And a president who deserted the national guard
Is the ultimate in irony's bust.

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