At issue was whether the invasion of Iraq could be considered "justified military action" under the Geneva Conventions or whether this was a war of aggression. Numerous mission reports and profiles that [Chuck Wiley] read during this deployment led him to believe that this was the latter. The reports pointed to what Wiley calls a "complete abdication of the responsibilities the U.S. has to the Iraqi people to protect them as much as possible from the violence of warfare." But some missions deliberately put the Iraqi people in harm's way, he said.Wiley is uncertain what he should call himself. The best term, he suggested, is "betrayed," believing that what he was taught about military engagement-particularly about the invasion of Iraq-was untrue. "I have been doing a lot of learning over the last few months and my worldview is evolving," he said. "Right now I can only call myself shocked and dismayed at what I was a part of for so long, without really understanding the impact of my actions."Peace and conflict studies student Denise Whaley was inspired to action by Wiley's talk. "Chuck Wiley's story is the kind that keeps you up at night, thinking," she said. "I began telling everyone who would listen, and even some who didn't want to."
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