Re: U.S. war resister granted stay of deportation orderJul 11th, 2008
For this guy in paticular, his surrounding situation is questionable to me, and I only think it is fair that he remains here until things are straightened out and he has a chance to deal with his legal battles in the US in a fair manner.
He can stay there as long as he wants.
Enjoy him. Listen to him. Coddle him and stroke his poor little ego.
I'm not speaking as someone against the Iraq war, but I am speaking as someone who feels everybody should be given their fair day in court and to be protected until that time.... which is why I have issues with Git.Bay and what's being done there with Omar (I know, not the same situation, but it is another example of where law has been lost to suit an objective and is an unfair process.)
If someone is claiming their rights are being violated or they face jail time for something they feel unjust, and has no faith in their own legal system's ability to protect them fairly in this process of fighting, then it should be taken seriously and looked into.
A "fair day" doesn't mean that it is only fair if they get off w/o punishment. They are fighting to stay in Canada because it is as clear as day what awaits them upon their return. They know they have violated their contract and have deserted. They know that what they did is going to land them in the brig.
It is just as clear as knowing what would happen if a soldier or Marine was to strike an Officer or NCO. Whether or not they think it is right or they were right, punching an officer or sergeant (etc.) is wrong and there will be punishment. In the military there is no...
"Well I guess Major "So and So" deserved to get punched so you are free to go."
Same with desertion.