CForrester P0rk(h0pMembers, Constellation Join Date: 2002-10-05 Member: 1439Posts: 3,637 Advanced user
edited May 2004 in Discussions
US soldier who fled to CanadaA soldier in the US Army fled to Canada after finding out that he was going to be sent to Iraq to fight in a war that he believes to be morally wrong. He's trying to get refugee status in Canada now. If he's forced to go back to US, he's going to be thrown in a military prison for desertion during wartime. (Or worse, killed. The punishment for desertion during a war is supposed to be death, but that hasn't been done since WWII.)
He's got a website: http://www.brandonhug hey.org (You have to remove the space to get to the website. Silly swear filter.) I'll take a few excerpts from the FAQ on that site before people start making comments like "Why join the army if you don't want to fight?"
|Why did you join the Army if you never wanted to fight?|
The Army was sold to me as a great financial decision. The prime targets for Army recruiters are high school and college aged kids. They are very good at what they do and know how to appeal to this audience. I was told that after my service I could attend college and the Army would pay for it. I was also offered a very attractive signing bonus for the job I had chosen.
At the time I was a naive 17 year old and assumed that, in the event that I would be called upon to go to war, it would only be for a good and just cause. Listening to the politicians on TV led me to believe that if I were sent to fight, it would only be 'to rid the world of terrorism.'
It wasn't until after I had joined the Army that I really began to learn about the war in Iraq. I could not think of a single justifiable cause for this war and much to my disappointment, I realized that my country was not acting in its self defence, and was the aggressor in this conflict. This is when I admitted to myself that signing up for the Army was a mistake.
|Why do you object to the war in Iraq?|
It is my belief that this war was based solely on lies. The main reason the Bush administration gave for attacking Iraq was to get rid of their weapons of mass destruction. It was evident that there were no WMD's in Iraq when Dr. Hans Blix led a team of U.N. weapons inspectors into the country. They scoured the countryside of Iraq and could find no traces of chemical or biological weapons. The U.S. invaded anyway, without the approval of the U.N., and even though thousands of U.S. troops have occupied the country for a year nothing has been found.
The Bush administration had also said that Iraq was connected to terrorists. There was never any legitimate intelligence to support this, and even now, no Iraqi connection to terrorist organizations has been discovered. It is my belief that George Bush used the country's fear of terrorism to invade Iraq and help his own political agenda.
Also, the fact that the U.S. attacked Iraq without U.N. approval makes this war illegal under international law.
|What about honouring your commitment?|
I believe that, even if one signs a binding contract, he is not obligated to throw out all of his moral principles. Regardless of any contract signed, if a soldier is asked to carry out an order that he knows is illegal and immoral, it is not only his right but also his responsibility to resist.
According to the Nuremburg Tribunal, a soldier is OBLIGATED to refuse an order that is illegal and violates human rights. The Nazis were hung after WWII when they had stated that 'they were just following orders and were merely victims of the times.' Knowing full well that this occupation was a needless waste of human life with no justifiable cause, I could not say that I was just 'following orders' if I went along with it. The fact that I was ordered to participate in a criminal and immoral war makes my contract meaningless.
Do you think that it's okay for him to flee to Canada for the reasons he did? Why? Personally, I think he's 100% right and I completely support him.
Let's try to keep the flaming to a minimum and have a serious discussion, okay?
[EDIT] Er, I posted this in the wrong forum. And the swear filter censored his name. Could a moderator move this and fix the title, please?
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