Just a few. The most recent left his 4 year old daughter in Kentucky when he ran off to Toronto. The news media likes to bandy about the figure of 5100 but that number was derived from members of the Inactive Reserve that DoD tried to activate but had bad addresses and were unable to contact, so technically they were perhaps a deserter, but its a tough case to make.
As of now only one I believe has formally filed a refugee claim, I presume the others are waiting to see what happens. looks like the claim will be denied. The IRB has already ruled that whether the of the war in Iraq was an illegal one or not , which was one of his arguments, is irrelevant to his case.
This means he will be going home, however allowing for appeals etc we could be looking at some time. Hey it took 17 years and the fall of a Cabinet Minister to toss a convicted criminal and pizza shop owner out of the country finally. :
The problem Rick is they won't. They feel they're right and justified in their course of action and there are enough naive people in this country to buy into that.
I'm sorry what part of being in the army did they not understand when they signed on the dotted line? This was not an application for a manager trainee at Starbucks or a greeter at Walmart. Don't give me that I joined for an edjumacation line either. There's a reason somebody was handing out wads of cash for college at the end. The military paid for my higher education too (indirectly) but I always understood that if they yelled grab your boots and bangstick it was time to go.
Feel morally opposed to the US actions in Iraq, fine stand up and say so and then accept the consequences of your actions. Which in the case of a serving soldier saying no I ain't going, may well be a career of making little rocks out of big ones. Do not sneak off into the night like the coward you are and then start with the self rightous posturing from the saferty of foreign country.
All I can say is when they have overstayed their "welcome" here and don't let the door hit your arse on the way out.
My nephew signed up, or volunteered or whatever you want to call it, with the US Army. He was obligated to a three year term, as are our recruits. He was general infantry. His first 12 months were spent in Bosnia. From there he went directly to Germany for another 14 moths (a pretty good go by any stretch of the imagination). Then he spent his last 8 to 10 months in Iraq. He saw the statue fall so you can imagine where he was before that day. His 3 years were up and he decided that was it, time to come home, so he did.
Similar to our release process there is an option to join a supplementary reserve list which means that you can be called up to serve again. Unfortunately, because of all the benefits that these soldiers are eligible for, this call out list isn't optional, it's mandatory. He's been called back. After the shit he's seen and been through, I can't blame him for not wanting to go back. He has a baby on the way and is trying to get his life back on track. He's only 22 years old and been through more shit than any Canadian soldier has been through by the time they were 22.
To avoid a ridiculous BACK BLAST, I am saying he has been through more shit at the age of 22, not necessarily more than a Canadian Soldier.
He's not a draft dodger. He's done more for his country than most other men his age have done. Friends have died in his arms. He hasn't decided if he wants to go back yet, but it doesn't sound like he has much choice. If he wants to come to Canada with his family to avoid the most unconceivable hardships for them, I can't blame him.
This is a persons life - not an online session of ghost recon. He went, He saw, He kicked their fucking ass, and he doesn't want to do it again.
It sounds to me like the disengagement process needs a little work down there in the land of "freedom of contract" and "employment at will." That being said, I'll bet there's tens of thousands of young fathers serving in Iraq right now on their second tour, so I'm not sure if your nephew's situation is too unique, other than he's being quasi press ganged back into service.
On the positive side, they obviously feel his skills are valuable enough to call him back in to serve. Life is full of tough choices, but it sounds like he's already had his share of tough choices. Anyway, nobody should judge what hasn't yet happened. Cheers.
It's an interesting dillemma when by proxy you actually know someone in the situation, perhaps a bit more difficult to shout out "quick drop short stop"
I base my sympathy on a case by case basis.
I have no right to question Kingstwon Jimmy's nephews actions, I can't say I'd be lined up to get back on the plane especially having already been there, served out my contract and with a baby on the way.
However in the case of the guy who finished basic training..and ran when they were being deployed..I find it terribly hard to feel any sympathy for him.
It is perhaps not as black and white as we would like to believe.
Major, I used the term "quasi- press ganged" ... i.e. specific performance of a contractual requirement! I would hesitate with the term "simple contract" however, as that is more of a purchase and sale transaction which is obviously forbidden if the breach results in detention or imprisonment of human being. I would agree no one is "chain ganged" ...