You likely know i’ve been working on a series for Postcards from Gravelly Beach podcast about war and peace called “White Poppies for Remembrance” recorded last November (2006).
The most recent episode “Buddhas in the Trenches” discusses conscientious objection and military service evaders.
I wrote a “Pro” and “Con” argument paper while at Evergreen College in Olympia, WA in the early days of this ‘war on abstract nouns’ which (unfortunately) is still vitally relevant.
The essay titled “Should U.S. military evaders be extradited? Yes & No arguments (.pdf) 08/04” break down the issues and conundrums facing the (growing number of) men and women who are giving their humanity and conscience priority over their military service obligations/commitments.
Rather than rambling on, … please note the endnotes for both sides of the argument. I encourage people to learn more about what is going on as decent people fight for refugee status and their right to not-kill and be killed for an illegal, immoral and unethical war. The situation is vastly different than Vietnam era (no more draft and extradition treaties are in place) but eerily similar (particularly as the war continues to escalate out of control).
Download/view as .PDF: dave-olson-militray-service-evaders-extradition