This file is about 7 minutes in length, and contains brief interviews from a few of those who attended the rally. All speak out in support of Lt. Watada and extol his courage for standing up for his beliefs. Though many soldiers have chosen to go underground in opposition to this war, Watada is standing his ground in order to bring the public spotlight on what he considers to be an illegal and immoral war. He is the first commissioned officer to take this stand.|
From Viet Nam veterans to elders, all speak from their heart about the senselessness and tragedy of this war. One woman has a son now stationed in Iraq; another young man says that Watada is standing up for the Constitution in his refusal to report to fight an illegal war; an elderly woman speaks of the Trials at Nuremberg, which ruled that "following orders" does not excuse one from the guilt of his actions; another women questions why a person can't agree with a policy at first, but then change their minds later when they are in possession of the facts.
I personally did not attend this Rally, but am thankful to Nancy Newel who borrowed a video camera and took these interviews, and Courtney Scott who did the preliminary editing on this piece.
Lt. Watada Support Rally, RealPlayer
Lt. Watada Support Rally, MP3
For a 10 minute audio file of an earlier interview by Courtney Scott of Lt. Watada when he was in Portland:
EhrenWatada , RealPlayer
Ehren Watada, MP3