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    Friday, April 22, 2005

    Should US Military Deserters Become Canadian Refugees?
    by Expat

    Thomas Hayden, the retired California state senator, one time husband to Jane Fonda, and anti-war activist, believes that there is a humanitarian crisis within the United States and that it is Canada’s role to get involved.

    Hayden has teamed up with Celeste Zappala, whose son died in Iraq last year, and Canadian human rights lawyer Jeffry House to appeal to Ottawa to establish a new category of refugees. The trio wants the Canadian government to provide work permits and opportunities for asylum and sanctuary for these new refugees. If they get their way, these new refugees will be United States military personnel who no longer wish to serve their country. Hayden has even gone as far as to claim that the dissension among US military personnel is a “humanitarian crisis”.

    But can a deserter be considered a refugee simply because of their refusal to fulfill the Oath of Enlistment and the duties that they volunteered to fulfill? Is a person a refugee simply because they fear combat or dislike military service on whatever grounds? Is a person a refugee because they will surely face prosecution if they return to their own country?

    Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board says no. In fact, it was only last month that U.S. Army Specialist Jeremy Hinzman lost his bid for refugee status after he had abandoned his unit because he believed the invasion of Iraq was “criminal”. This is the same Hinzman who joined the Army 10 months prior to September 11th. His job? A paratrooper in the Army’s most gung-ho unit, the 82nd airborne.

    Hinzman is not a draft dodger, nor is he a refugee. The US military is a voluntary service, just as Canada's is. When Hinzman and others volunteered to serve their country, they were aware of the magnitude of the commitment and they pledged to abide by the Oath of Enlistment. This oath is the same for all branches of the US military with the exception of the Army National Guard, who pledge to obey both the President and the Governor of the State in which they serve. With that Oath, a soldier, sailor, airman, or marine is no longer a civilian. They now serve their country and their Commander in Chief. Yes, they may not agree with the decisions made by the President, but their job is not to question those decisions, it is to follow though with them. To avoid fulfilling that volunteer duty is simply desertion and that is simply cowardice.

    Expat Talkback:
    Should Canada create a new category of refugee particularly for US military deserters?




    Posted by Expat at 9:41 AM







    Hinzman is a coward and there is no place for him in Canada. I hate people like him. They join the military, get top-notch training and collect a pay check. The taxpayers foot the bill. However when it comes time to do the job they signed up for, they always seem to find some moral grounds upon which they can justify their cowardice. I'm ashamed that Hinzman was allowed to stay in our country for as long as he did and I hope that the Americans give him the "cruel and unusual punishment" he is so afraid of.




    Now all of Canada is fixin ta cut n run.

    Could have told you to watch your hoser mouths back in 05, but knew I would never need to be as insulting as you and the rest of your loser world.

    "dissension among US military personnel is a “humanitarian crisis”."

    how dare you dredge up this muck.


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