Dec 22nd, 2010
Writing in Slate, Kathryn Schulz interviews 22 year old Iraq War Veteran turned Conscientious Objector Josh Stieber. It is a dramatic window into the soul of a young man who has experienced first hand the difference between our purported values and our actions. I can't recommend more highly that everyone reads this.
"After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, a 13-year-old kid named Josh Stieber vowed that as soon as he was old enough, he would join the military. His goal: to help protect his country and spread its values of freedom and democracy around the world. With the war still on when he graduated from high school, Stieber enlisted in 2006 and was deployed to Baghdad in 2007. A devout Christian and a staunch political conservative, Stieber became troubled by the gap between the values he was told the military embodied and those he experienced on the ground. Partway through his deployment, he realized that his perspective had changed so drastically that he would rather go to prison than remain in the military. Instead, he learned about, applied for, and obtained Conscientious Objector status."
From the interview...