Real quick before I call it a night (early day at work tomorrow)- While I do recognize the fact that he's an officer in the American military and has an obligation to go where he's ordered, at the same time in the prison abuse scandal in Iraq the soldiers' defense, which was promptly shot to holes, was "we were just following orders." This has probably been hit upon before, but obviously the "soldiers must follow orders" isn't as open and shut as it sounds at a glance. That said, should he be court-marshalled? Well, rather, should he be convicted? Probably. On one hand, I'd like to be able to give the guy the option to serve his country elsewhere - Afghanistan comes to mind - but that starts a precident of allowing sodiers to choose where they'll be deployed. Obviously a problem. Obviously not going to fly. By my feelings are, if I had enlisted after watching family members die in 9/11 (and let's be honest, had my brother been in one of those planes I'd have given it serious consideration) or something, and had then subsequently decided that there was no moral ground to defend an invasion of Iraq, a country with no Al-Quada connections that out government justified invading by a cosmic game of bait-and-switch, I'd do exactly what he did- I'd refuse to fight. If I was in a situation where I was ordered to fight and could not do so without sinning against my very conception of both myself as a person and my understanding of humanity's role in the universe, then I'd welcome the court-marshall as the lesser of two evils. My two cents - I think the guy's an idiot for putting himself into the situation in the first place (though, admittedly, if you'd told anyone onthe 12th that 5 years down the road we'd be fighting rebels in Iraq in retribution knowing full well we knew there was no connection, they probably would not believe you), but if he honestly and truely believes it's wrong to fight, and if he's prepared to takle the court-marshall for that, well, you have to on some level admire him for being willing to pay for his mistakes and sacrifice himself, rather than sinning against his personal ethos. Highly debatable - most "friendly fire" deaths are alledgedly not so accidental.