OK – so here we go.
I don’t have a lot prepared to say up top here. I just want to welcome Aidan Delgado and give a brief intro. He will be posting here as TheObjector.
Aidan Delgado joined the Army Reserve in 2001 and was sent to Iraq in March 2003. He was assigned to the 320th Military Police Company where he worked as a mechanic and also as a radio operator. He spent 1 year in Iraq – 6 months at Tallil Airbase outside Nasiriyah and 6 months at Abu Ghraib. As a Buddhist he soon found that being in the Army and witnessing the inhumanity of war and its effects on his fellow soldiers, and of course the Iraqis, violated all his beliefs and principles. He decided he could not be a willing participant any longer so he turned in his weapon and filed for Conscientious Objector status. His book tells about everything he saw and felt and how difficult it was to go on living and working with most of the soldiers in his unit once he made the decision to become an Objector. It is a really amazing story of courage and compassion. Highly recommended.
You can read more about the book here: Review
Click the book cover to purchase from the publisher, Beacon Press.
Here is Aidan’s website with a lot more information and links.
Without further ado, I’ll open the floor, I mean blog, to questions. Post your comments at any time and Aidan can work his way down the page to reply.