During the Vietnam War deserters would flee to Canada where they were welcome as "conscientious objectors," since there was a draft going on and, supposedly, those fleeing were morally opposed to war. Things are very different now that the U.S. has voluntary military service - yet we still tend to get the best and the brightest who sign up and stay in. Unfortunately some in the military are unwilling to fill obligations that they freely signed up for and are still fleeing to Canada. However Canada realizes these soldiers are deserters and not some sort of peace heroes. Unfortunately (or amusingly) it appears that the Canadian Left is just as desperate and clueless as their American counterparts (i.e. Cindy Sheehan) in picking those they stand up for.
Since deserting his unit in Iraq and fleeing to Canada two years ago, Corey Glass has become the poster boy of the war resisters movement. Thursday in Toronto, supporters are planning to protest his scheduled deportation back to the United States.
But it turns out Glass has had little reason to be on the lam, ABCNews 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 . . .
According to U.S. Army documents and officials, Glass was discharged from the California National Guard Dec. 1, 2006, four months after he arrived in Canada.
"He is not considered absent without leave. He is not considered a deserter," said Maj. Nathan Banks, an Army spokesman. "He is running for no reason. He is fully welcome in the United States."
Hold on their Major Banks - can we put it to a vote to see if we want him back?