The Common Good
July-August 2003

Not Following Orders

by Rose Marie Berger, Kate Bowman | July-August 2003

Lance Corporal Stephen Eagle Funk, 20, (second from left) turns himself in
at his Marine Corps reserve unit after refusing to serve in the Iraq war.

Lance Corporal Stephen Eagle Funk, 20, (second from left) turns himself in at his Marine Corps reserve unit after refusing to serve in the Iraq war. As a Catholic who attended Mass most Sundays during training, Funk said, "I don't think Jesus was a violent man—in fact, the opposite—and I don't think God takes sides in war." Two British soldiers who questioned the legality of the U.S.-led war in Iraq were sent home from the Gulf, according to Reuters, and now face disciplinary action. The soldiers were returned to Britain on the eve of the war when they expressed concerns the offensive was in breach of the U.N. charter and that it might be illegal for them to follow certain orders.

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