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Published:December 22nd, 2009 19:00 EST
Iraqi Soldiers Risk Court Martial If Pregnant

Iraqi Soldiers Risk Court Martial If Pregnant

By Sean Beelzebul

In the news on Tuesday, Maj. Gen. Anthony Cucolo of the US Army in Iraq made it illegal for his 22,000 troops to procreate, to make pregnant or to become pregnant. He told CNN; "Anyone who leaves this fight earlier than the expected 12-month deployment creates a burden on their teammates. Anyone who leaves this fight early because they made a personal choice that changed their medical status -- or contributes to doing that to another -- is not in keeping with a key element of our ethos."  While, many have already blogged on the subject as a tad bit unfair, I have a differing opinion.

Whether or not the war is unfair is not the subject in this article, the subject is on an aspect of conducting war fairly. American troops in Iraq are at a very low number in the first place, a nearly one to one ratio of private military contractors to American personnel.  With low numbers and a draft not possible due to other political factors, the American and allied troops are actually at a greater risk of dying and at greater risk for returning safely. If soldiers are engaged in love-making they are creating an uncomfortable situation for their fellow soldiers and teammates. Furthermore, they are eliminating their ability to fight and maintain the end of the struggle.

Troops engaged in this activity are truly jeopardizing the role they have decided to play in world politics. The numbers in Afghanistan are already at such low numbers that the PMC to US Military ratio is expected to grow to two to one. Thus, soldiers of pride in their country and will to fight for something that they believe in, should not jeopardize their roles in the wars and struggles the country is involved.