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U.S. Military Deserters in Canada Watched Office Space One Too Many Times

June 19, 2006

Peter Gibbons: I don't like my job, and I don't think I'm going to go anymore.

Take a gander at this article in the Washington Post, titled Sheehan Supports U.S. Deserters in Canada.  Cindy Sheehan, who takes grief to levels heretofore unknown to man, supports these people.  These are people who enlisted in the armed services to serve their country.  When the going gets tough, however, they hightail it Canada. 

The Canadian government has so far denied political asylum to U.S. soldiers who have sought it but appeals are pending.

Good for Canada.  I hope appeals are denied and these people are sent back to the U.S. to face the charges they so richly deserve.  It may be easy for me to type this from my cushy job in an air-conditioned office, but, you know what?  I'm not the one who enlisted in the armed services. 

"They're trying to deport me," said Darrell Anderson of Lexington, Ky., who arrived in Canada by way of Niagara Falls in January 2005.

And rightfully so! 

When you desert the armed services, you are committing a crime.  You knew this when you enlisted; it wasn't sprung on you or written in small print, either.  If you're so passionate about your reasons for deserting, man up and face the charges.  Do the jail time and while you're incarcerated, you can protest and campaign your little heart out.

No one held a gun to these soldiers' heads when they enlisted.  They weren't drafted either.  You can't just quit because you feel like it, and they knew this going in.  There are many brave service men and women who want nothing more than to come home right now.  They're toughing it out, however, because they made a commitment and are man and woman enough to see it through.