Jeremy Hinzman deserted the Army in 2004 after learning his unit was to be deployed to Iraq.
He refused to participate in what he calls an immoral and illegal war.
Hinzman fled to Canada along with his wife and son and sought refugee status.
I am fine with conscientious objectors, although I’d question why someone who is morally opposed to war joined the armed forces; desertion on the other hand I’m not okay with.
Contrary to what the stupid hippies are saying, this guy will probably not be sent to Iraq. Instead, he’ll come back to the states, do a little jail time for desertion, and then get a dishonorable discharge, preventing him from voting or owning firearms. I’m fine with that.
There are ways, even within a system like the military, to express your discontent with orders or policy – however, desertion is a crime, and is generally considered not one of the ways to go about it. And like I said, I’m not even going to touch on the fact that I think it’s stupid to join any branch of the armed forces if you’re morally opposed to war.