One of the leading voices of dissent inside the U.S. Army has been promoted.
Sgt. Ronn Cantu – who signed a petition to Congress demanding the U.S. withdraw from Iraq and gave interviews to the news shows 60 Minutes and Democracy Now!, as well as IPS detailing his opposition – has seen his rank upgraded to staff sergeant. Some observers say Cantu's promotion shows the military is now so stressed by the ongoing war it is finding it difficult to crack down on dissent within the ranks.
Few members of the armed forces have made their disgust for the war in Iraq more public than Ronn Cantu. The 30-year-old Los Angeles native began speaking out during his second tour in Iraq, launching an online forum for antiwar GIs at SoldierVoices.net, signing petitions against the war, and giving interviews to major U.S. media outlets while still stationed in Baghdad.
Now, as a staff sergeant, Cantu says he'll teach the soldiers under him to follow the Geneva Conventions and other laws of war.
"There's a lot of soldiers out there who wouldn't recognize an unlawful order if it bit them on the behind," he said. ...
RLCC Comment: He seems to know more than much of the top brass. David Petraeus could learn a thing or two from him. He should refuse all orders to fight though, because the whole invasion and occupation was illegal even in the mundane. All war is illegal in the real divine (Heaven).