Thursday, July 03, 2008

Man Without a Country, Part II

ABC News: Deserter Flees to Canada ... For No Reason

Five Weeks ago I talked about the quandary posed to Corey Glass, a deserter from the U.S. Army who is being deported from Canada.

You may recall that Corey joined the National Guard for "humanitarian reasons". (Gag me.)When his National Guard unit was activated, and called upon to actually fight a war, he got all squishy about the fighting thingie. Given leave from Iraq after 5 months of an 18 month commitment, he failed to appear for his scheduled movement according to his orders.

In point of fact, he hid out for a few months and then bailed north-wards to Canada, home of Draft Resistors of 1963.

Other Americans have served far more honorably than this sack of sanctimonious sludge.

Now Canada wants to deport him, and folks just like him.
Unlike the 30,000 to 50,000 American deserters who were given legal refuge in Canada during the Vietnam War, this latest crop of runaways is viewed by Canadian immigration authorities not as conscientious objectors avoiding a draft but as volunteers unwilling to fulfill their promise to the military and undeserving of refugee status.
In other words, Canada also recognizes a sniveling zcoward when they see one, and they don't have any use for them either.

In my earlier essay, I suggested:
Keep him.

You took him in, when you knew what he was.

You offered him sanctuary. You protected him from his own people.

Now you want to give him back?

No. He rejected us, now we reject him.

We have no room for beings of no faith. We have no need for a being without honor.

As it turns out, Canada has the same opinion of Men Boys With No Honor.

(Who knew?)

In a plot-twist appropriate to Edgar Allen Poe, the United States Army doesn't want him, either.
... it turns out Glass has had little reason to be on the lam, ABC News has learned.

Unknown to him and his legion of supporters, Glass, 25, was actually discharged from the U.S. Army shortly after he went AWOL in 2006.

Glass and about 40 other American deserters who, like him, sought refugee status have prompted a national debate in Canada that last month reached the floor of parliament on where to draw the line between cowardice and conscience.

"I had absolutely no idea that I had been discharged," said Glass when ABC News informed him of his status. "This is insane. This is so weird. There are no warrants? No one is looking for me?"
(He sounds almost disappointed, doesn't he? It is as if he had worked himself into the position of being an Iconic Figure, only to discover at the very last moment that nobody cares that he is a pants-wetting coward and he is a legend in his own mind.)

The upshot is that he can recede unto obscurity without penalty. Unless you count the loss of that Iconic thingie that he was so counting on to ensure his place in the history books.

The army doesn't want you.

Your Sanctuary State doesn't want you.

Your country doesn't want you.

There is no room in this world for a pusillanimous posturer such as yourself.

Your only alternative to obscurity is to present yourself to Al Queda as a suicide bomber, and to take out as many fellow (non-cowardly) Americans as possible in a final blaze of... what? Not Glory, surely.

Never mind. You're not even decent material as a suicide bomber.

You might break a nail, or something. And you're far to precious for that.

What a waste of oxygen you are.

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