Lest We Forget…
November 3, 2009 24 Comments
I am not for this whole idiotic war that the Bush administration concocted.
Not at all.
In fact, I hate war with a passion. Perhaps as much as I hate Bush.
This is also coming from a chick who worked for a military manufacturer of LAVs – for 9 fucking years.
It messed with my head like no tomorrow.
9 FUCKING LONG YEARS!
But I digress.
I also understand and respect the duties that come along with someone who chooses, of his or her own will, to sign up with Armed Forces/Navy/USMC/Air Force/Reserves. I refuse to deny them the respect they deserve.
And I get incredibly infuriated with the idiots who, upon realizing that the army is not a walk in the park or a video game, but real life altering – who have chosen to flee, go MIA, come to Canada and claim refugee status.
Look – I’ve said it before and I will say it again:
You WILLINGLY signed up for the Forces.
You KNOWINGLY went into this knowing you could be put in harms way, including perhaps loosing your own life.
YOU and only YOU made that decision.
There is no conscription. That was abolished many years ago.
So therefore, the decision to join the army – was YOUR choice.
So to come running up to Canada seeking refuge because you don’t want to be thrown in jail for not doing your duty, something that you WILLINGLY, VOLUNTARILY, KNOWINGLY signed up for AND got paid for… is completely, and unequivocally UNACCEPTABLE.
As we approach Remembrance Day (November 11), I can’t help but think of all our men & women who are out there – who fought for my freedom (to choose to not be in the Forces), who fight for the freedom of others (even if it is under false pretense, sending the world into a spiraling recession) – and I want to give them the respect they deserve. To say Thank You.
And I find myself conflicted because these people are a black mark (no pun intended) on what should be a time to remember those that deserve to be honoured. These cowards – because that is what these men are when they refuse to take responsibility for their actions – are hiding in a Canadian church, seeking asylum – refuge because they ‘don’t support the war in Iraq’ – on humanitarian and compassionate grounds. Seriously? These men haul ass to Canada, knock up a Canadian chick – quickly marry or not – all in attempts to ensure they don’t get deported – to face the ramifications of their decisions. But it doesn’t always work. They are being deported. Their refugee status is being rejected. And now once again, they are refusing to be accountable for their actions – and hide in a church.
The war in Iraq was/is a lie. Bush was a joke. You might not think you HAVE to honour your duties as a soldier first and foremost because Bush isn’t being held accountable for his part in this fiasco.
Just because Bush was/is an ass – doesn’t mean you have too. Doesn’t mean you cannot be accountable for your actions. Its bullshit that you will face the death penalty. The Military doesn’t seek the death penalty. So at worst, you will be dishonourable discharged. Whoop-dee-doo. Worst case scenario – you will face jail time. Small price to pay for changing your mind. Which is your right to do. But it is your duty – your moral responsibility to face the ramifications of making such a decision.
They are a disgrace to our men and women in uniform… the ones who sacrifice their lives to protect us. And our rights. And they deserve our respect. They deserve to be remembered so that we may never forget what they gave up for us. They stood with integrity – perhaps doing things that we don’t ever really truly ever want to know… but they honoured their commitment to their government and state.
We are not only asked to REMEMBER but to also act.
And I think that Canada should honour the deportation ruling against these cowards, and make them face the ramifications of their actions. Which is the honourable thing to do, for all of those brave men and women who did and do exactly that – at such great sacrifice.
[Old Iron] Sooooo…. MY TURN.
Let’s first get the credentials out of the way. Prior military via the USMC (semper fi, brothers in arms) with an honorable discharge, and have also logged more time in the Mid East than most people have that are currently in the military… as a CONTRACTOR! Gasp! Yes, I have actually worked over there, and to be honest actually quite liked it. Yeah, the weather sucks depending where you are at, but all in all the environment is not that bad. All you people that have been to Dubai can completely identify with that, right? I mean seriously, an indoor ski slope that ends at a casino.
Pure awesomeness on a platter.
-Oh, and before I move on, Kuwait has the WORST drivers on this planet. Dear God you literally are taking your life into your own hands if you drive on 5th or 6th ring and you aren’t driving a tank. More on that later.
Now that THAT is out of the way, let me roll out my exquisitely formed opinion on why military deserters that flee to Canada should be gut shanked by a crack whore wielding a knife that was used to perform amputations on lepers and fed feet first to rabid caribou.
First point of note: this idiot is taking “sancutary” in a friggin church. Dude, how do I put this… you have been watching WAAAAY too many episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer; American law enforcement have not been magically transformed into blood-craving creatures of the night, and try as you might to believe that holy ground can stop a bullet…. let me bring you into this great place called reality.
Nope. Bullets are church-proof.
Oh, and you can take off that garlic laurel that you wear everywhere in your “sanctuary”; I heard that the priests are getting pretty fucking annoyed now that your room smells like a pizzeria.
Following that same train of thought: what, are you trying to re-enact the Hunchback of Notre Dame or something? Do you ring their bells for them at mass? Did you in fact fall in love with a gypsy woman who does not reciprocate your obvious doe-eyed affection for her?
Second point of note: I have no idea what the sovereign land laws are up there in the Great White North, but last time I checked the only places that have that distinction are indian reservations and embassies, so I will roll that up into my assumption that churches kinda fall outside of that law. This means that seeking “sanctuary” in a church…. well, you would have had better luck doing that at the South African embassy holding a sign that said “Bring back Apartheid NOW”, chuckle nuts.
Alright. Now that I am over the snarkier aspects of my opinion, allow me to provide a rational retort to this.
You! Yeah you, military police! Fuck extradition laws, get your asses up there and grab this waste of oxygen and slap his ass in the brig!
Last bit of advice; dude, you read the contract when you signed it… right? RIGHT?!?!?