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  • Lee Zaslofsky
    August 08, 2010 - 16:13

    As a deserter from the US Army during the Vietnam War, I was welcomed when I came to Canada in 1970 because I could not in good conscience take part in an immoral, futile, aggressive war. The Iraq War is just such a war. It was started on the basis of lies, waged with cruel tactics that wrecked the country it was supposed to help. In the US, most people join the military not out of a desire to fight, but from simple economic necessity or a desire to get an education closed to them because of high costs. Many join to get health care for their families, which they cannot afford in civilian life. Some people seem to think that soldiers are just robots. you point them in the right direction and press the button, and off they go, This is demeaning and false. Soldiers are capable of seeing through the lies, they can't ignore the suffering their actions cause. Too many of them become burdened with PTSD, too many become suicidal because of this. Canada was right to stay out of Iraq. The war resisters have taken the Canadian view of that war. Now they need a chance to live in peace in Canada. Let's welcome them, as I and so many others were welcomed during Vietnam.

  • Ed
    August 07, 2010 - 06:11

    That is part of what you sign up for when you "volunteer" for the armed forces. It is not "just" another job. No more than being a policeman, fireman etc is just another job, when you sign up you agree to take the risk that the job has inherent in it. If you don't like that - don't join, these jobs are all voluntary. Having said that we should as taxpayers pay these people well and take good care of them. They are the one's we call on the expect to show up when we are in trouble.

    • Carole S.
      August 09, 2010 - 06:48

      At least with the police or fire departments you can resign and you are *expected* to refuse to participate in illegal activities and report them.

  • Eugene from Town
    August 06, 2010 - 08:53

    Go halfway around the world to fight proxy wars that seek to destabilize entire regions and try convincing your citizens, and those charged with doing the killing and dying, that it is all an effort to promote 'democracy' and 'human rights'. Ask the Iraqi children growing up (if they are lucky[?] enough) under occupation and constant threat how they enjoy their 'democracy'. The former regime may have been flawed (even deeply) but still offered stability and more freedom than our 'friends' in Saudi Arabia. Objectors to these neo-imperialist ventures, within the armed forces, are some of the most admirable people to poke their heads out of these quagmires. I think we owe them some assistance toward seeing that those heads remain united with the rest of their bodies.

    • Ed
      August 07, 2010 - 05:24

      Who in Iraq would you ask? The Kurds? The Shiites? The only group that "might" agree with you would be the Sunni minority because they were much better off then the others and effectively controlled much of the government..

  • Politically Incorrect
    August 06, 2010 - 08:03

    So, rather than participate in a theatre where NATO atrocities against civilians are commonplace and increasingly common knowledge throughout MOST of the world (thanks Wiki leaks), these soldiers are following their consciences and refusing to participate in potential criminal activities. At least if, hypothetically, the chief architects of this violence were brought to Nuremburg-style justice, these ex-soldiers wouldn’t have to claim that, as accomplices, they were "just following orders." At one time Canada was considered a progressive, civilised society, now we’re just a pathetic lapdog to US imperialist policies.