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Time to accept responsibility

November 18, 2007

Now that Canada’s top court has refused to hear an appeal from Jeremy Hinzman and Brandon Hughey, it’s time they come home and accept responsibility for their actions. They’re not the only deserters from the US military living in Canada, just the most visible.

I realize that this is a hot-button issue for some people. There are those who hate the U.S. military and blame our men and women in uniform for everything wrong with the world. It is important to remember that the U.S. military protects their right to voice those opinions freely and openly. Try going to most other countries and stage a protest against their government or their military. Drop me a postcard and tell me how that worked out for you.

Those men were not forced into the military they ran from. The U.S. military is an all volunteer fighting machine. It’s not a 9 to 5 job. It’s not a democracy. You don’t have a vote as to whether or not to deploy. The US military teaches values such as duty, honor, country — and sacrifice. Every single member of the US armed forces knows from day one that they might be called upon to pick up a weapon and go participate in combat operations in a distant land. They also know that agreeing with the operation is not required – only compliance with orders.

Rather than deploy as ordered, those men deserted and ran to Canada, seeking asylum. They said that they morally opposed the war and that the war was illegal because the UN hadn’t sanctioned it. Much to the dismay of Walter Cronkite and the other World Federalists, the United States of America is still a sovereign country.

I don’t know what will happen to those men upon their return. I do know they won’t be facing a firing squad or a hangman’s noose. Their actions were detrimental to morale and discipline. Because they ran, others had to deploy in place of them. Perhaps there are families now dealing with the loss of a son or husband or father because of the actions of Hinzman, Hughey and others like them. Their decision to run must not be dealt with lightly.

I believe that what they did was wrong. I firmly believe that they must be tried and accept any verdict decided upon by the courts. I also believe that forgiveness should not be far behind.

To Hinzman, Hughey and all the others, it’s time to come home and accept responsibility for your actions. It may be tough for a while, but you’ll get through it – and you’ll be home again.

Until next time,


2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 18, 2007 2:38 pm

    A short walk to the backside of a barn for administration of a good blanket party followed seconds later by the sharp report of a .45 going off against a temple works really well.

    But that’s just me.

  2. chosun1 permalink*
    November 19, 2007 1:32 am

    Well, I suppose you could be tempted to feel that way knowing that one of those cowards could have been replaced by Ty Ziegel. We owe him a debt of gratitude – and so much more! Our government must do a better job taking care of troops wounded in battle.

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