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A soldier of conscience? No, just a mere deserter,...
...someone who dishonored himself and the uniform he once wore.
From the piece you cited:
While in Canada, Anderson had applied for refugee status, though to qualify, Anderson would have to successfully argue that the US was persecuting him for exercising rights protected by Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Canada has to date - and to its credit - refused to accept this defense. I suspect that Mr. Anderson's decision was motivated solely by that fact. I suspect that the U.S. Army has, according to Anderson's lawyer, decided to just discharge him rather than seek the prison sentence that he so richly deserves made the decision that much easier.
Let us forget that this man both wore his country's uniform and dishonored it and himself, although I suspect that we'll hear more from him as he stands alongside Mother Sheehan and the rest of Moonbat Nation...
This guy has been on the news in Buffalo alot
as we get stories from Canada.
The only reason that he decided to come home was that he was unable to work in Canada due to his immigration status (illegal immigrant). Supposedly, he, and his Canadian wife (wow, that was fast - wonder if there was any reason for the quick marriage) have pretty much had to live on the charity of others.
no wd he was a deserter
to bad he wont be shot for it
he disgraced his uniform
his defense atty must be
trying to lower the charge to awol. the deal must have been worked out before his going home to 'face' justice.
he did serve honorably, he was hospitalized for his wound, his purple heart is legit. he did not desert under fire.
he should have tried harder to convince his army doctors that he was suffering from PTSD. fleeing to canada was his mistake.
'illegal war defense', they do not want to debate that in the courts.
Article 86?Absence without leave
(NT) No, just a disgrace
He is entitled to the best defense.
However, just as you knew when you enlisted in the Army, a soldier does not pick and choose what he/she considers to be "legal".
There is no evidence I have seen that he tried to convince some of his peers to join him. So, he deserted them and fled on his own without a thougt or care that they remained in harm's way, and the void left by his desertion had to be filled by another soldier.
Just my 2 cents.
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my understanding was he was stateside when he deserted after learning of his unit going back.
since the principal job description of a soldier is fighting, I do not sympathize with one who volunteers and wonders why they are in a war. guard and reservists included. firemen wondering why they have to go into burning buildings are a comparable example. it is easier for them to quit.
he might have caused more harm if he went with his unit considering his mental state. even if he was just afraid.
his sentence should be strong enough to discourage others to follow his actions.
If that's how you feel ...
... why did you initially describe him as a soldier of conscience?
that was a question, not a description, to prompt a discussion.
if he had gone back and survived he might have become a local hero, he was awarded the purple heart. guess he wasn't planning on running for president in 30yrs.
(NT) Maybe next time you should add your answer then.
(NT) nah, too easy to win the discussion
(NT) but were the self inflicted wounds?
(NT) no reports of that so far
wd since its an all volunteer
service he new as others new you "cant" pick where you serve evan though some stayed home with mothers
he ran hes scum end of discusion
just find a tree and hang him
he deserted and ran like the draft dodgers with yellow streaks down there back
(NT) do you have a purple heart award?
but never accepted it its on records
(NT) it was your decision, no questions here
excactly my decision
but that dosnt make this coward a non deserter.
i got my award because of a scratch i dont think it was a reason to get a medal
not unlike some presidential candidate did
if they do it would be quite unusual
need to start some time
why not use this coward as an exsample
but what about the 8000 plus+
since the iraq war began? start planting those hanging trees. I do not believe what this soldier did deserves an execution. if it was under fire and jeopordized others, different story.
Opposition to the war prompts a small fraction of desertions, says Army spokeswoman Maj. Elizabeth Robbins. ''People always desert, and most do it because they don't adapt well to the military,'' she says. The vast majority of desertions happen inside the USA, Robbins says. There is only one known case of desertion in Iraq.
Most deserters return within months, without coercion. Commander Randy Lescault, spokesman for the Naval Personnel Command, says that between 2001 and 2005, 58% of Navy deserters walked back in. Of the rest, the most are apprehended during traffic stops. Penalties range from other-than-honorable discharges to death for desertion during wartime. Few are court-martialed.
so shoot them after conviction
or send them in shackles to war zone to remove mines:)
(NT) and my views about these cowards remain
''we mustn?t lend ourselves to the same evil
because he is the enemy
hard to surrender to yourself