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February 1, 1991 | JANNY SCOTT, TIMES MEDICAL WRITER
Opposition to the Gulf War has created a moral and medical dilemma in German hospitals to which the United States may turn for help. Some doctors are torn over their duty to treat wounded soldiers if they fill hospitals at the expense of German civilians, and conscientious objectors in some hospitals are threatening to strike. The conscientious objectors, who held a nationwide "warning strike" Thursday, insist they are not opposed to helping Americans in need.
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January 29, 1991 | From Associated Press
Hundreds of panicked inactive reservists have contacted support groups for conscientious objectors since the Army called up 20,000 of the nearly retired personnel last week, pacifists said Monday. Churches and other anti-war groups called on the military to allow more time for people in the Army's Individual Ready Reserves--those with only two or three years of service left--to file as objectors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2001
We believe using our schools to promote military recruitment constitutes an invasion of privacy ("Bill Could Boost Recruiting at Schools," Nov. 2). It also places undue pressure on young people as they discover their sexual orientation. It pushes away examination of conscience and the rightness of committing oneself to violent resolution of conflict. Military service is not just any career. Where is there any guarantee of equal time for students to be educated on their legal right to declare themselves as conscientious objectors?
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2002 | JOSH FRIEDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was "the good war," a choice between freedom and fascism. So how could thousands of Americans refuse to fight in World War II? The documentary "The Good War and Those Who Refused to Fight It" (KCET, 10 p.m.), by filmmakers Judith Ehrlich and Rick Tejada-Flores, tells the story of those conscientious objectors. The unpopular battle fought by these pacifists has all the more resonance in today's wartime climate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1991 | JOHN PENNER
City representatives from throughout the county this week backed away from a proposal that sought to punish San Francisco for having declared itself a sanctuary for conscientious objectors during the Persian Gulf War. Members of the Orange County chapter of the League of California Cities rejected a resolution that would have called on the statewide league to move the site of its October conference, which is schedule to be held in San Francisco.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 1990
I was a Marine judge advocate and served for a time as a military judge. In my 28-year Marine Corps career, I read many letters like the one by Paterson, written by young men desperately trying to persuade anyone in authority that they should be classified as conscientious objectors. The problem that I faced as a military judge lay in trying to determine whether the accused's conversion to pacifism was based upon sincere and deeply held beliefs or was merely an opportunistic ploy for the purpose of evading combat or other unpleasant duty, or, perhaps, was simply a manifestation of the accused's desire to obtain the benefits of military service while avoiding the concomitant obligations.
NEWS
July 26, 1988 | United Press International
David Bruce, a white South African who refused military service on the grounds that it exists "purely to maintain white supremacy," was sentenced Monday to an unprecedented six years in prison. In an emotional court hearing at which about 100 supporters and friends wore yellow chrysanthemums in solidarity with Bruce, the 25-year-old conscientious objector received the maximum penalty for violating a law requiring young white men to serve in the South African Defense Force.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 2011 | By Marla Stone, Special to the Los Angeles Times
To End All Wars A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 Adam Hochschild Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 450 pp., $28 We think of Europe in 1914 as a continent all too eager for war — volunteers jamming recruiting offices, festooned soldiers joyfully marching to battle and delirious crowds waving them off. To a significant extent, that vision is true, and for a time the Great War brought domestic unity and shared purpose to...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 1990 | STEPHEN BRAUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The last time American soldiers were involved in a lengthy armed conflict, Bill Smith waged a solitary campaign to persuade Los Angeles lawyers to defend conscientious objectors to the war in Vietnam. It took three years before he could even find enough attorneys willing to form an anti-war legal committee. On Thursday, Smith again joined the lonely ranks of American war dissenters, this time to voice opposition to U.S.
NEWS
November 13, 1989 | From Associated Press
Soviet Defense Minister Dmitri T. Yazov, confronted by a growing movement against the draft, lashed out at "anti-army manifestations" and ruled out change in conscription rules, the Tass news agency said Sunday. The report came a day after the Latvian Supreme Soviet, in a move that carried more symbolic than legal force, voted to allow alternative service to conscientious objectors in the Baltic republic.
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