Re: Appeal court rules in favour of U.S. war dodgerJul 9th, 2010
If a Canadian soldier decided to seek asylum in the US, how would you expect the US to handle him?
Personally, I'd go with the following:
Were the orders the military gave to him in any way in conflict with either Canadian or international laws? If not, then send him back to Canada to face justice. If so, then still send him back to Canada to defend his case in court, unless he should claim that he does not trust that he'd get a fair trial in Canada.
If that's the case, then I'd expect the US authorities to send him to the Hague to defend his case before the international court of justice. After all, if a Canadian cannot trust to have a fair trial on Canadian soil, then the international community should certainly investigate. If in the end, it's found that his claims are totally unfounded, send him back to Canada to face trial. And if his claims are found to be legitimate, then by all means the US would have a humanitarian obligation to grant him asylum and to express its concerns to the UN over Canada's human rights violations.
Am I missing anything here?
So overall, I'd apply the same principle to this soldier. Does he have any legitimate case before either US or international laws? If not, send him back. If so, have have him take the US to court at the Hague. If he's not willing to do that, then send him back.
if he's convinced he's in the right, he'll have no fear of facing justice.
I've just started this as a spin-off thread:
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This is a revealing video too: