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Blame Canada? Should Military Deserters Be Deported?

A BBC feature today tells the story of a US National Guardsman who deserted to Canada after being deployed to Iraq. As Canada prepares to deport him to face trial in the US, Corey Glass is arguing he should be allowed to stay.

According to Glass, when he joined the Indiana National Guard, he was told that he would perform humanitarian work filling sandbags in the event of a hurricane — not required to serve in combat unless there were troops occupying the US — instead, he was sent to gather intelligence in Iraq. As he began to realize the repercussions of the American lead occupation, Glass wanted out. While on leave, he fled to Toronto where he is now asking for political asylum. However, he still faces deportation to the US, a move that will most likely land him in prison for deserting his obligations to the military.

Glass said:

I should have been in New Orleans after Katrina, not in Iraq. I believe the Iraq War is illegal and morally wrong. I believe I have a duty to refuse to take part in a war not sanctioned by the United Nations, started on the basis of lies.

Canada has passed a motion stating the Canadian government will accept conscientious objectors from the United States and allow them permanent resident status. They have also asked all deportation proceedings against soldiers currently living in their country cease, though this may not apply to Glass. The editor of the paper that ran Glass' plea said, "does Canada really want to cast itself as the protector of fair-weather American soldiers fleeing their duty?" He sums up his thoughts like this:

Six years ago, Corey Glass picked the wrong career. Three years ago, he picked an illegal way to abandon it. It's time for this ex-soldier to go home and pay the price for what he's done.

Do you agree? Should Glass be deported and put on trial, or should Canada be a refuge from militarism?


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i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
In most cases, I do think that deserters should be deported. If they have religious reasons, or really serious family issues that only they can tend to(although that would be a bit pointless if they go away to Canada... perhaps financial reasons) then they should be afforded some leeway. After all, the Army has been patting itself on the back quite often lately for meeting recruitment goals... why not let off the people who obviously have a good reason(not feeling like it is not a good reason) and have the people who want to serve, serve? But I feel for the young man in this case. He was told that he would be able to stay in the US, and he entered the army based on that. It's not like he went to the recruitment office and said 'I'll go where Uncle Sam needs me!' or something like that. People really can't go by the words of others anymore... just goes to show that everything has to be put into writing.
Auntie-Coosa Auntie-Coosa 9 years
Why didn't he just QUIT the Guard? My landlord had 16 years and was planning to retire from the Guard at 20 years. He learned his Guard Unit was going BACK to Iraq and he quit. One of his buddies had only 2 more years to reach 20 and he quit. Going to Canada is not the way to go. It's like cheating. Or maybe being "chicken hearted." (Have you seen how small a chicken's heart is?) QUIT the Guard, STAY in the USofA, work and pay taxes. No one forces anyone to be in the Guard, after all. If you want to serve others, join VISTA or the Peace Corps. There is more than one way to do humanitarian work.
stephley stephley 9 years
very impressive.
sarah_bellum sarah_bellum 9 years
Well, well. I return to this post to find it has turned into a bunch of phallic euphemisms. God Bless America. :pepino:
mondaymoos mondaymoos 9 years
I was thinking more like chorizo for "hot and spicy"...
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
lol, you had to try it too
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
:an gel:
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
lol, and again!!
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
WhoA!! look at that. it was :an gel: without the space and I get half a walk like an egyptian. lol, awesome.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I don't know, are you thinking German Bratworst?
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
MM Get outta my head!!! That is what I was thinking too!
mondaymoos mondaymoos 9 years
Thanks for sharing it with me cabaker. :)
mondaymoos mondaymoos 9 years
Is that a racial referance UnDave? :D
mondaymoos mondaymoos 9 years
I did a fair amount of that, too, UnDave. :) Oh, the magic of YouTube when you've been underway for 4 months....
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
yea i don't know that i agree with what the article was saying, but i thought it was an interesting read.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
And girls, are saying that I shouldn't add the comment that I like my meat hot and spicey? :angel:
mondaymoos mondaymoos 9 years
Part of me agrees with this article and part of me doesn't, cabaker. The study gives a lot of information about incentives like BAH and BAS but it's at no time required that the military offer(single soldiers specifically) these allowances. As far as medical care goes... they don't take into consideration that the percentage of serious injury and illness goes up signicantly the second you sign that dotted line. A lot of people I was serving with found ways to work the system... and admittedly, I married WAY ahead of when I should've to get the BAH/BAS allowances. Once I got them, I was doing VERY well. But comparing my entry-level pay then to my entry-level pay now (I've only been with this company since February)... there's really no contest at all. Where I'm at now wins.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
c'mon Cab. Don't you military guys sit on your arses all day and look for ways to goof off? I can't even say that without laughing.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Oh I certainly wasn't suggesting that the military gets paid enough for they do, no no no no. I was only suggesting that compared to other jobs you can get without a degree, the military isn't that bad when you include benefits. There was an interesting article on military pay that I blogged about a while ago...
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
:rotfl: MM that was my first thought too. I have a potty brain. :shrug:
mondaymoos mondaymoos 9 years
Hmmmmm, UnDave. I'm going to keep it clean. :halo:
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
interestin mm - I only eat meat for meat. :evil:
mondaymoos mondaymoos 9 years
I only eats fish for meat cabaker. :D
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