Letter from Fernando Suarez del Solar to Pablo Paredes
17 December 2004

"To my hero, Pablo Paredes (if you will permit me, to my son Pablo)

"Thank you, my son.  Thank you for your courageous stand, for your brave act of love and respect for human life, and above all thank you for being an example of strength and patriotism for the young people of your generation.

"Why do I say this?  Because you represent, as does my other son Camilo, hundreds perhaps thousands of other brave young people who are true soldiers, real heroes.  Without any fear of unjust government repraisal, you insist on your truth with your conscience clear and free.  You reply "No" to the order of death that you have been given.  You say no to death, to silent complicity, to the lack of free will that your training taught you.  And you declare in a loud voice your firm support of your military oath to defend the Constitution of this great nation and not the gang of bandits who have usurped the White House.  The true soldier defends the Constitution, life, liberty, and democracy, and does not exterminate a foreign land for economic gain.

"And so you stand tall and proud against the depravity into which our brave soldiers have been led and you serve as a model that surely many others will follow.  Camilo inspired you to make your courageous decision and you will inspire thousands more to oppose the madness.

"Thank you Pablo, thank you my son, for giving your parents the honor of having a son who is brave, strong, and above all else human.

On December 6th, 3rd class Petty Officer Pablo Paredes stood resolutely on the pier of the 32nd street naval base in San Diego, as his ship the USS Bonhomme Richard, left for Iraq without him. Since refusing to participate in this unjust and devastating war, Pablo will now have to face the uncertainty of military punishment for being a GI with a conscience that refuses to be silent.

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Apoyo a Pablo Paredes: Oficial que deserta de la guerra contra Irak

 6 de diciembre, 2004.
Pablo Paredes, oficial de rango tercero de la fuerza naval de Estados Unidos, decidió abandonar su buque, el USS Bonhomme Richard, cuando se le ordenó salir para Irak. Vestido con una camiseta negra con letras blancas que decían: “renuncio como miembro de cabina,” el marinero Mexico Americano Pablo Paredes condenó la guerra en Irak y provocó un corto circuito en la cadena de mando militar. “No quiero ser parte de un buque que lleva  3,000 marines para allá (a Irak) sabiendo que cien o más de ellos no regresarán... No podré dormir sabiendo que lo hago esto como parte de mi trabajo,” dijo Pablo al periódico San Diego Union Tribune. Al negarse a participar en esta injusta y devastadora guerra, Pablo enfrentará ahora la incertidumbre del castigo militar. Apoya a Pablo participando en esta protesta.

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