Courage to Resist. March 25, 2010

Joe Glenton, the first British soldier to serve in Afghanistan and publicly speak out against the war, was sentenced to nine months in military jail on March 7th for being absent without leave. Joe believes the war has “further antagonized the Muslim population of the world… and the conflict has become a part of the problem not a part of the solution.” He will spend just over five months in jail due to “previous good character”.“He saw a war that defied everything that he was taught. They sentenced him to teach him a lesson about speaking out, [and] to discourage other soldiers from doing the same,” explained his lawyer after the sentencing. Joe’s mom Sue Glenton agreed and added, “The judge is making an example of Joe. This is a political decision.”