Greeting delivered to the StopWar 10th Anniversary party

Posted: November 25, 2012 by rodneywatsonjr in Uncategorized

My friend Sarah read this out last Friday night for me. I’m told it was very well received and I’m pleased to share it here with you:

Hello ladies and gentlemen, my name is Rodney Watson Jr and I’m an Iraq War Veteran who risked my life for lies from October 2005 to October 2006. During my one year deployment I went overseas without any fear of death because I, like so many others fell for the lies that we were fighting for freedom and I had no problem at all risking my life for the good fight but it turned out to be a wrong and a very unjust fight. Even though there was no Draft like the Vietnam war, the Iraq war had an economic draft that was lead by Lies.

I am very thankful that I did not spill blood over in Iraq even though I was put into many situations where I almost had to. I often think of how I would feel if I had killed for the lies of weapons of mass destruction and Iraq’s 9/11 false link or connection. I lost a friend over there and came close to death myself and it started a fire within me after I had learned that the whole war was based on fiction and not fact. That war is fading fast into history but for many like me, it’s as if it were just yesterday and still a fresh memory. I have heard great stories of Canadian conscience coming together by the thousands to protest Canadian government plans to join Canada into that Iraq war, I heard it was a great sight of real unity and solidarity.

Well I have been living in Sanctuary for three years now fighting to remain with my Canadian born wife and son and I tell you what, I see this conservative government for big oil changing the face of Canadian tradition even from my Sanctuary walls. When I first came here at the end of 2006 I rarely saw Canadian forces and militarism being promoted on TV BUT now it is incorporated into almost everything I see now that’s Canadian. The current situation is bigger than my pain and struggle but I do highly suggest that all people of conscience unite in solidarity against this destructive path. Environmentalists, believers in God, atheist, Gay or straight and all races and colors MUST unite and bring back that passion of opposing the wrongs that affect us ALL and begin to work together in solidarity because we all desire a better present and future. I have been through many storms being here in Sanctuary fighting for Love and I have shed many tears but I know all storms can eventually pass in time, especially if we are on the right side of LOVE. So I tell you all to look beyond our differences and embrace each other with pure understanding that things must change before things really get out of hand through Corporate elite greed and corruption.

I love my wife and son with my whole heart and I would never be able to cross back across the border again if I let these conservative one’s win in breaking up my Canadian born family. I often feel like the rain here in Vancouver is shedding tears with me and feels my pain but rite now I want you all to take my pain and turn it into something positive and use my struggle as a example of finding the courage within to fight the good fight. Reach out to those in your schools, neighborhoods, work places, And everywhere because I know that everywhere there is always people who want a better world to live in, they just need positive support and those to help them with finding their own personal courage.

So on that note I leave you all with this, I Love you all and I wish you all the best in changing this world for the better because it’s only through great solidarity that Canada did not go to war in Iraq and once again the universal conscience is calling out once again for Canadians to come together in true unity. May Great Peace, Love and Safety be with you all as you all come together in changing the world for the better.

December 10, 2012: I recently received a few emails about where a couple of kind folks wanted to know how they could send me and my family some Christmas cards directly to me and my family. I have a private mail box here at First United. If any would like to send me any seasonal greeting cards or letters of support my mailing address is First United Church 320 East Hastings Street Vancouver, BC V6A 1P4. Once again I thank you all for visiting my blog Soul in Sanctuary and my Facebook page War Resister in Sanctuary, Peace and Love!!

I’ll write back with a nice personal Thank You 🙂

~Rodney Watson Jr..

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