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December 9, 2004

Pablo Paredes, Like Jeremy Hinzman, Is a Coward, Nothing More, Nothing Less

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"You've just made a very critical decision, possibly the most important one of your young life. You decided to abandon a commitment that you made four and a half years ago by refusing to go on a six-month deployment to the Arabian Gulf on the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard.

In doing so, you claim that you're taking a stand against a war you believe to be unjustified. I'm sure that making such a statement makes you feel like a man.

OK then, let's talk - man to man.

Captain Ed posted on LT Smash's article today on an open letter to Pablo Paredes who refused to go aboard his ship the 'USS Bonhomme Richard' for deployment to the Arabian Gulf. Just yesterday I posted on "Jeremy Hinzman You Are Simply A Coward, Nothing More, Nothing Less," in which I said that regardless of whether one addresses his political issues, his opinion, or his legal issues, these things are all of little importance in the overall scheme of things. So let's cut to the chase. I am not interested in this young person's sensitivities or his personal ethical-moral convictions, real or imagined; this man is a coward in the mold of the Jeremy Hinzmans of the world, and gets no respect or audience from me! But let's discuss a couple of issues here.

LT Smash begins in his post:

In the big scheme of things, your action will have no impact on the war.  The Bonhomme Richard sailed out of San Diego on Monday, along with her entire battle group.  Your attempted desertion may have caused a media stir, but you did not delay the battle group's departure by so much as a minute. The embarked Marines are on their way to the Sandbox, to perform the mission that they were trained to do.

You did, however, manage to f..K up your own future. As I'm sure you're aware, the Navy isn't just going to let you go easily. They're going to put you on trial for desertion. You will probably end up spending a year or longer in military prison, doing hard labor. And how do you think your fellow prisoners will respond to you? Do you think they'll respect your decision to shirk your duty? Of course, you will also be reduced in rank to E-1, forfeit all of your pay, be dishonorably discharged, and lose eligibility for the GI bill and any veteran's benefits you might have otherwise claimed.

To your credit, you've stood up before the cameras and said that you are prepared to accept the consequences for your actions. We'll see about that."

(...)

The best that you can hope to achieve by continuing along the course you have chosen is for your life to become a cautionary tale - a warning to others to avoid the siren call of blind self-righteousness.

Deserters undermine morale and unit readiness any time, but in wartime they can cost lives -- and the lives they cost are those who made a commitment to protect and serve their country and honored that vow. In short, it can cost the lives we need the most, while the weasels like Paredes live out their miserable, parasitic existence.

Let's remember that we are at war.  He signed on voluntarily, and now he doesn't want to show-up! Forget sensitivities, forget being politically correct, forget toying around with his moral issues, give him a court martial, line him up at a firing squad, then carry-out the proper punishment for dissertion in the face of the enemy, and just shoot the SOB.

That's far enough.  Whereas LT's post is a fine one and he has done his usual great job in laying out for this worm the consequences of his action, I've had enough of these types and believe that we need to dispense with the sensitivies of this kid, forget the man-to-man thing, and deal with this kid for what he is. He has turned his back on his unit, the unit that he trained with, the unit that is leaving for war, and he deserves no quarter. This person is no man. He is a coward.

As I said in my post about Jeremy Hinzman, men do what they have to do. This is not about macho, it's about doing what you do, it's about duty, it's about your nation, it's about your country and the survival of the civilized world as we know it. The liberal press, the 'free spirits', the sensitive people  of our world are going to get us all killed. This is a real war that we are in against Islamathugs, insurgents, and all fundamentalist Islamists wherever they may be. If my son can and did go off to war, and I did my duty, and the thousands of other men and women can do their duty, none of whom want to risk their lives or die, then why can't these people like Hinzman and Paredes be depended on to do their duty too - especially now when our country needs them most?

Captain Eds last paragraph is right-on:

Deserters undermine morale and unit readiness any time, but in wartime they can cost lives -- and the lives they cost are those who made a commitment to protect and serve their country and honored that vow. In short, it can cost the lives we need the most, while the weasels like Paredes live out their miserable, parasitic existence.

Lets remember that we are at war.  He signed on voluntarily, and now he doesn't want to show-up! Forget sensitivities, forget being politically correct, forget toying around with his moral issues, and just shoot the SOB. Short of that, let's at the very least stop glorifying these deserters, stop giving them an audience - they don't deserve it, and stop speaking of these people as men. Sadly, they have turned their backs on manhood, forever.

Posted by Hyscience at December 9, 2004 12:22 PM

What about the Chirstian Fundementalist here in our country who started this war?

Posted by: Farmer Ted at April 5, 2005 9:17 AM



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