This is George Bush’s accountability moment. That’s why I’m here. The mainstream media aren’t holding him accountable. Neither is Congress. So I’m not leaving Crawford until he’s held accountable. - Cindy Sheehan

There are things worth fighting for. And there are even some worth dying for. But Iraq is not one of them. - James Moore

Marriage is love.

Saturday, July 30, 2005

In Praise of Kevin Benderman

By Norman Solomon, Common Dreams

"Rarely explored in news media, the capacity for conscience makes us human. Out of all the differences between people and other animals, Darwin wrote, "the moral sense of conscience is by far the most important."

"And that's why Kevin Benderman, now in prison, is providing greater moral leadership than any member of the United States Senate. "

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Blogger Grandpa Eddie said...

"providing greater moral leadership than any member of the United States Senate."

This gallant soldier IS the epitome of a REAL hero. To stand up to not only the military command but also the Bush administration for his convictions and beliefs in my mind and inner being truly makes him a REAL hero.

I mean no disrespect to those who do serve, and have served, in Iraq and Afganistan. Nor do I mean any disrespect to any who have served in any other war or conflict. They are heros in their own right, but they are, and were, following orders.

To loose everything he has earned and worked for through his military service, and spend 15 months in a military prison, because of what he believes... and be true, this is a hero in my book.

Three cheers for Sgt. Kevin Benderman,
My hat is off to you Sir.

I do so hope that what Sgt. Benderman has done will cause other young men and women to stand up for and by their convictions.

3:19 PM  
Blogger via said...

What a lovely compliment to this young man.


10:13 PM  
Blogger Eureka Dejavu said...

I am award-winning journalist with a project, Ruminations on America ( I have called for essays from coast to coast on true core values and the current state of the union and I would like to invite you and your readers to participate. The last few essays might interest you greatly as well (including the essay Camilo Mejia wrote for Iraq Veterans Against the War about Sergeant Benderman and an essay from a Veterans for Peace member who rode to Crawford with Cindy Sheehan).

11:45 PM  

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