View Full Version : Soldiers flee to Canada to avoid Iraq duty

Sunday, April 2nd, 2006, 06:22 PM
Hundreds of deserters from the US armed forces have crossed into Canada and are now seeking political refugee status there, arguing that violations of the rules of war in Iraq by the US entitle them to asylum.

A decision on a test case involving two US servicemen is due shortly and is being watched with interest by fellow servicemen on both sides of the border. At least 20 others have already applied for asylum and there are an estimated 400 in Canada out of more than 9,000 who have deserted since the conflict started in 2003.

Read more (http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,1740905,00.html)

Ryan Kirk
Monday, April 3rd, 2006, 12:14 AM
The two have been denied asylum.

I'm somewhat indifferent. I don't agree with the war in Iraq, but if you sign up for the army it's voluntary. If there was a draft I would probably argue for giving them asylum, but as it stands I'm less inclined to go for it.

Monday, April 3rd, 2006, 03:27 AM
Personally I believe the Iraq thing is a waste, the US could better spend its energy guarding its southern border and evicting illegal immigrants. Though I think if someone enlists in the military they should at least have enough honor to serve the complete term they agreed to serve.