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Right to Refuse?

July 30th, 2009
03:27 PM ET

Is it right that a soldier refuses to go on fighting in a war that (s)he does not believe in, and then publicizes the fact? That's what Lance Corporal Joe Glenton from the British Army has done. He is refusing to go back to Afghanistan and, in the full glare of the media, delivered a letter to the Prime Minister urging him to "bring our soldiers home" from the mission which he claims is being fought in the interests of U.S. foreign policy. His opinions are in stark contrast to his superiors who may accept the mission is not perfect, but who also say there is no better alternative.

The rights and wrongs of the argument over the mission are one thing, the other is whether L/Cpl Glenton is right to let personal feelings and opinions get in the way of his role in the military. If he is allowed to get away with it, where does it end? Every member of the military could come up with one reason or another for avoiding combat. The reality is you sign up to do your duty, not question it. Or are things changing, and for the better?

Take a look at my interview with him below. Your comments have been pouring in - Keep them coming!

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