Friday, April 22, 2005

American deserters

Now, I have an opinion or two on this, and they are quite strong. First, Ive gotta say, I DO NOT agree with the war in Iraq, I think it's stupid and pointless. That being said, I think that people who desert the army should be shot. I mean, honestly, why on earth did you join the army in the first place, if you arent willing to fulfill the job that you signed up for? Did you think the Army was a fun camp where you learn to shoot rifles, and that there would never be a war? You live in AMERICA, for Gods sake! Dubya is your president! If the Americans werent blowing someone up, they would be lost. You see, when you sign up to be in the Military, you are commiting yourself to do your "duty", to follow orders. If you didnt want to go to war, then you shouldnt have joined the military, right? The military is not one of those things that you can do when it's fun, and drop like a hot potato the minute the going gets rough...and they make that clear when you first enlist.

Anyways, I think that Canada should not let American deserters shelter here. Every single person in the american military chose to be there, they should have known better. Now, if Dubya decided on a draft, that is something else entirely.


Raven said...

I hadn't thought about the topic much before, but I think I agree with you, Jenn.

Anonymous said...

I don't think I could disagree with you more Jenn.

People generally join the army to serve and protect their country. The war in Iraq clearly does not fulfill this goal. Indeed according to the U.N. the American occupation of Iraq is an illegal one.

Now in my opinion soldiers have a duty to be a conscientious objector when they are asked to follow orders that are unseemly. Otherwise we end up with things like the Holocaust or the prisoner abuse in Adu Ghiraib.

This is of course assuming that these soldiers are deserting as an objection against the war and not just because the army isn't fun anymore.


Jenn said...

You do have a point, although I think that in modern day America, the sentance "To serve and protect" has taken on a whole new meaning. I still maintain that the majority of people, especially younger people, who are in the american military knew what they were getting into. They did elect George W. Bush, for a second time in a row, if the American populace didnt want the war in Iraq, they certainly had the chance to change things.

Dave S said...

I have to agree with Jenn...desertion is wrong. The US Military has always allowed for conscientious objection; you still served your tour, but would not be placed in situations where you would likely have to take the life of another human.
That being said, if you are joining a military in any country, you need to realize that there is a chance that you will be called upon to take the life of another human being to protect the interests of your country. If you cannot do that, then do not volunteer to join in the first place.