Despite the Threat of Harsh Punishment, Soldier Says 'No' to Deployment in Afghanistan

Oct 30, 2008 Full story: Chicago.indymedia.org 40

"I believe war is the crime of our times," Blake Ivey, a specialist in the U.S. Army, said over the phone in a slow, deliberate voice.

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Blake Iveys Mom

Augusta, GA

#21 Dec 2, 2008
Food Not Bombs.....my son has started a local chapter with the help of many other caring individuals. He is determined to leave his footprint on the world. Not by destroying everything in his path but by nurturing the goodness in people and the environment. Through out time the world has always had it's Mother Teresas' and it's Jack the Rippers. Army Wife, we obviously are in different corners. I am overjoyed that my son no longer will be chanting, "Blood, Blood, everywhere makes the grass grow green." I sleep very well at night. Do you?
Army Wife

Newport News, VA

#22 Dec 7, 2008
Right now I do not because my husband is serving in Iraq. But god willing he will be home very soon. Do I sleep well because of my husbands job, yes, I absolutely do! I am very proud of my husband. He is a man with pride and faith, but he loves his job and he has never killed as you like to describe every soldier serving this country. Why does'nt your son do some thing for wounded soldiers and the families who have loved ones who have died. Seems to me your son does not support our soldiers at all.
Blake Iveys Mom

Augusta, GA

#23 Dec 7, 2008
I do not intend to sound unsupportive of any of our troops that are following what they feel in their souls is the right thing to do. That would be very hypocrital of me if I thought my son was the only one that should do so. All I am saying is that my son has every right to stand up for his beliefs and I would not ever encourage him to do otherwise. My father, who is dead, fought in two major wars and retired from the Army. If he were alive, he would be the first one to encourage my son to stand up for his beliefs. I will also say an extra prayer each night for your husband to be kept safe. I hope you and your family have a peaceful Christmas.
Army Wife

Newport News, VA

#24 Dec 8, 2008
Yours as well...God Bless!!!
Soldier Widow

Carlisle, PA

#25 Mar 17, 2009
I am surprised what today's service is turning into .
Enter the Military and you are supposed to answer the call .Not RUN!! Blake's believes changed after entering the Service? I wonder about that. Many look at the service a money making but when it comes to answering the call for their country some of them take the easy way out .MY husband would answer that call any time again if he was alive to do it .They are supposed to fight for their country and any soldier knows that when they enter the service .
One Soldier told me once before he went to Iraq quote ...I am going over there (meaning Iraq)(pointing with his finger to the left side of his uniform where Medals are pinned ) you know he said to get a Medal ..That Soldier made E-7 hard to believe ,if that was his only reason to go he should not be in any longer ,or in at all.
That is nothing to be proud of nothing at all.
VocalOne

Honolulu, HI

#26 Mar 18, 2009
This is the VERY REASON why libtardians should never be allowed into the military.

Libtardians and their entitlement mentalites join the military for the education and other benefits. When it's time to honor the oath they took, that yellow streak up their backs sends them hightailing it out.

You don't join the military to get benefits, you join the military to serve, not "conscientiously object" AFTER taking the oath.

If anyone has any doubts about their consciences getting in the way of fullfilling their oath, the time to get out IS BEFORE YOU TAKE THE OATH, NOT AFTER.

These clowns are cowards, plain and simple.

Since: Mar 09

Bristol, RI

#27 Mar 18, 2009
RetiredArmyNCO wrote:
Give me a break. He enlisted during wartime, the idea of going to combat never crossed his mind? Now he wants sympathy? He deserves no sympathy. He needs to deploy with his unit or spend time in CCF and await a dishonorable discharge after his sentence.
I agree with you. Nobody forced him to join the military. What did the idiot think he was going to do, sit around knitting booties all day? I am so sick of young soldier's whining anytime they actually have to do something that pertains to their job.

Since: Mar 09

Bristol, RI

#28 Mar 18, 2009
Soldier Widow wrote:
I am surprised what today's service is turning into .
Enter the Military and you are supposed to answer the call .Not RUN!! Blake's believes changed after entering the Service? I wonder about that. Many look at the service a money making but when it comes to answering the call for their country some of them take the easy way out .MY husband would answer that call any time again if he was alive to do it .They are supposed to fight for their country and any soldier knows that when they enter the service .
One Soldier told me once before he went to Iraq quote ...I am going over there (meaning Iraq)(pointing with his finger to the left side of his uniform where Medals are pinned ) you know he said to get a Medal ..That Soldier made E-7 hard to believe ,if that was his only reason to go he should not be in any longer ,or in at all.
That is nothing to be proud of nothing at all.
I had a neighbor who wanted to go to Afghanistan for that very same reason. Sad, truly sad. Karma came around to bite him in the arse, because his wife cheated on him with multiple men the entire time he was away. She didn't feel the need to hide what she was doing from her children or the neighbors.

Since: Mar 09

Bristol, RI

#29 Mar 18, 2009
Blake Iveys Mom wrote:
I do not intend to sound unsupportive of any of our troops that are following what they feel in their souls is the right thing to do. That would be very hypocrital of me if I thought my son was the only one that should do so. All I am saying is that my son has every right to stand up for his beliefs and I would not ever encourage him to do otherwise. My father, who is dead, fought in two major wars and retired from the Army. If he were alive, he would be the first one to encourage my son to stand up for his beliefs. I will also say an extra prayer each night for your husband to be kept safe. I hope you and your family have a peaceful Christmas.
I am sorry, I don't want to be rude, but if he didn't want to fight in a war, he shouldn't have joined the military. Common sense is a wonderful thing.

Since: Mar 09

Bristol, RI

#30 Mar 18, 2009
Blake Iveys Mom wrote:
How dare I? Maybe if you saw pictures of innocent children with their arms blown off you would feel differently....or maybe not. Guess you are counting on that retirement check.
Okay, I am going to get mean now. You are ignorant just like your son. Thank-God, I am not raising a coward like you did. In case you forgot, we were attacked. I suggest you shut off CNN and join the real world. Life is not all sunshine and roses, as you would have us believe. I guess you don't care about those who lost their lives on 9/11. Maybe Bush should have allowed them to continue to attack us the way Clinton did. Get your head out of the sand.

Since: Mar 09

Bristol, RI

#31 Mar 18, 2009
Soldier Widow wrote:
I am surprised what today's service is turning into .
Enter the Military and you are supposed to answer the call .Not RUN!! Blake's believes changed after entering the Service? I wonder about that. Many look at the service a money making but when it comes to answering the call for their country some of them take the easy way out .MY husband would answer that call any time again if he was alive to do it .They are supposed to fight for their country and any soldier knows that when they enter the service .
One Soldier told me once before he went to Iraq quote ...I am going over there (meaning Iraq)(pointing with his finger to the left side of his uniform where Medals are pinned ) you know he said to get a Medal ..That Soldier made E-7 hard to believe ,if that was his only reason to go he should not be in any longer ,or in at all.
That is nothing to be proud of nothing at all.
I also would like to say sorry for your loss. I hope you are doing okay.

Since: Mar 09

Bristol, RI

#32 Mar 18, 2009
I bet her views about her son would be different if he had been a man and served proudly. Now that he has shown her that she has raised a weak minded son with no integrity, she has to adjust her views. I will be sure to tell him, "yes I would like fries with that" the next time I am at McDonald's.
Blake Iveys Mom

Augusta, GA

#33 Apr 8, 2009
I nor my son give a crap what any of you think or say the fact is he has grown emotionally and understands that you can't solve the world's problems by killing. Just remember, the solution is NOT to become them. What makes us any better when we are doing the same thing they did? Update: My son will not be taking your order at McDonald's. He is now released from the military and is doing very well with his on company start up utilizing his vast knowledge with computers, which, by the way, he obtained on his own with no help from the military. He will also be volunteering with "Courage To Resist", which supported him through his ordeal and to whom I would publicly like to say thank you.

Since: Mar 09

Chicago, IL

#34 Apr 8, 2009
Blake Iveys Mom wrote:
I nor my son give a crap what any of you think or say the fact is he has grown emotionally and understands that you can't solve the world's problems by killing. Just remember, the solution is NOT to become them. What makes us any better when we are doing the same thing they did? Update: My son will not be taking your order at McDonald's. He is now released from the military and is doing very well with his on company start up utilizing his vast knowledge with computers, which, by the way, he obtained on his own with no help from the military. He will also be volunteering with "Courage To Resist", which supported him through his ordeal and to whom I would publicly like to say thank you.
How are we better? We hold respect for life. We dont target the weak. We dont hide behind our women and children. The greatest crime is your ignorance to believe that reason applies to our enemies. Unlike you they actually believe in something intangible. They won't compromise, because to them that is betraying their ideals. The will kill and make martyrs of themselves for their cause. These people will kill us, so we we kill them.

Your son is an idiot. Its not like he joined the peace corps he joined an organization created to kill. To do the work that you so much think is murder. I hate the word hate, but I do hate you.

Since: Mar 09

Chicago, IL

#35 Apr 8, 2009
Blake Iveys Mom wrote:
I do not intend to sound unsupportive of any of our troops that are following what they feel in their souls is the right thing to do. That would be very hypocrital of me if I thought my son was the only one that should do so. All I am saying is that my son has every right to stand up for his beliefs and I would not ever encourage him to do otherwise. My father, who is dead, fought in two major wars and retired from the Army. If he were alive, he would be the first one to encourage my son to stand up for his beliefs. I will also say an extra prayer each night for your husband to be kept safe. I hope you and your family have a peaceful Christmas.
Your father would probably roll in his grave, his sacrifice doesnt lend credibility to your family's loss of decency

Since: Mar 09

Bristol, RI

#36 Apr 9, 2009
Both mother and son should do us ALL a favor and move to France. They would fit in nicely there. One thing your son does not have is "courage". He was an immature little coward. That is why he resisted the war. You can't possibly convince another that he did not know what he was getting into when he joined the military. You and your son are a disgrace to America. Actions speak louder than words. That is why we fight back when we are attacked. I don't think simply asking a terrorist to please stop killing our people is going to get us anywhere. We should try it though. We can send them on over to you and your son, since you two think talking will do the trick. Pathetic. You are both EXTREMELY PATHETIC. Shame on the both of you.
Blake Iveys Mom

Augusta, GA

#37 Apr 15, 2009
Meant2offend wrote:
<quoted text>
Your father would probably roll in his grave, his sacrifice doesnt lend credibility to your family's loss of decency
You are damned straight my father sacraficed and for that sacrafice he was promised a lifeime of health care. He kept his end of the bargain but the military didn't. I see no difference in promises broken except my son dd so out of respect for all life the military did so just because they could.
hal

Maringouin, LA

#38 Jul 11, 2010
RetiredArmyNCO wrote:
Give me a break. He enlisted during wartime, the idea of going to combat never crossed his mind? Now he wants sympathy? He deserves no sympathy. He needs to deploy with his unit or spend time in CCF and await a dishonorable discharge after his sentence.
im a vet and disagree with you on one point.these kids arent soldiers fighting an enemy but are being used with their hands tied when it comes to combat.we started losing when war is hell left the military thinking.now its be sure you dont hurt a civilian or you might be court marshalled.this is bull shit.i agree that this guy is full of it for his war is a crime excuse but wanted you to think about other loyal soldiers and their orders.turn them loose and let them fight or send them home.if obama wants politics send him and congress over there and let them give lip service to the enemy.
two cents

Pompano Beach, FL

#39 Jul 15, 2010
hal wrote:
<quoted text>im a vet and disagree with you on one point.these kids arent soldiers fighting an enemy but are being used with their hands tied when it comes to combat.we started losing when war is hell left the military thinking.now its be sure you dont hurt a civilian or you might be court marshalled.this is bull shit.i agree that this guy is full of it for his war is a crime excuse but wanted you to think about other loyal soldiers and their orders.turn them loose and let them fight or send them home.if obama wants politics send him and congress over there and let them give lip service to the enemy.
agree
rattlecattle

Saint Cloud, FL

#40 Jul 15, 2010
The USA is a sick violent revengeful nation

This war is backfiring as we lose on ALL levels.

This sick WAR of Revenge has cost 6625 dead US soldiers and over 1 TRILLION in new debt

WE will lose, we deserve to lose....we are our own worst enemy.

But stubborn ROTTEN HEARTED american fools keep dying and spending billions for NOTHING

GOD does not Bless such a sick rotten nation, this kids and all the rest should walk away,,PERIOD

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