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Updated at 3:13 p.m., Monday, December 18, 2006

Iraq war critics Lt. Watada, Ann Wright to share stage

Advertiser Staff

Army 1st Lt. Ehren Watada, who faces a court-martial for his challenge to war in Iraq, and Ann Wright, a retired Army colonel who resigned from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2003 to protest the war, will share the stage tomorrow night at the Church of the Crossroads.

Watada will talk about his case and Wright, of Honolulu, will discuss her protest experiences and thoughts on the country's political direction. The event is organized by the World Can't Wait-Hawai'i.

Watada's pre-trial hearing is set for Jan. 4. The 1996 Kalani High School graduate faces a court-martial early next year on charges of missing a troop movement and conduct unbecoming an officer for comments he made concerning the Bush administration's reasons for going to war in Iraq. If convicted of all charges, he could be sentenced to six years confinement and be dismissed from the service.

There is no admission fee for the event, which starts at 7 p.m. For additional information, contact Ken Akinaka, 221-6204 or worldcantwaithawaii@yahoo.com.