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Old 04-16-2004, 02:11 PM   #1
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Brandon Hughey is a teenager living among strangers, thousands of miles from his friends, family and home in San Angelo, Texas. The 18-year-old is one of two American servicemen who recently deserted their units and fled to Canada to claim asylum as refugees. "We plan to argue that the war in Iraq is illegal under international law and that I have a right not to choose to participate," he says.

Hughey, who has been taken in by a Quaker couple in the Ontario city of St Catharines, spends his days preparing his legal case. For breaks, he takes solitary walks downtown. He seems mature, composed, and hopeful that he will be able to build a new life for himself in Canada.

Hughey signed up for the army when he was 17, during his final year in high school. "I joined because it was the only way I was going to get a college education," he says. He went through basic training, and in his spare time began learning about the campaign in Iraq on the internet. He says he became increasingly uncomfortable about the mission, then so disturbed that he considered killing himself. He brought his questions to a commanding officer, who told him to stop thinking so much.

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Old 04-16-2004, 02:32 PM   #2
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The kid's got balls to drive away from his base like that.

I agree with his cause. I'm not a lawyer, but as far as I understand the war in Iraq is illegal. This is his reason for choosing not to go, which is a legitimate reason. I really hope he's accepted.
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" He brought his questions to a commanding officer, who told him to stop thinking so much. "


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Old 04-16-2004, 04:36 PM   #4
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Yes yes yes yes yes.
This kicks ass.
See, we still have young men in this country with intelect and Ball sack.
This guy is gonna get so much fine Canadian pussy.
What a cool motherfucker man.
stood up and drove his ass off that base.
This is an actual Hero peoples.
A true example to follow.
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Someone buy that kid a beer!
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Cool. It does beat suicide, I suppose...
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That shows how petty and weak are armed forces are if these people have been so poorly trained in morailty and honor that they kill themselves rather then just walking away from the fight.
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I won't lie, the thought of running has crossed my mind at times. I haven't, mainly cause I am big on keeping my word. I gave my word to do five years active duty and I will.

I have known people that have gone UA, or AWOL, which ever you wish to call it. During our current time it is not a good idea, before the war they didn't car and just let you go, though if you ever got pulled over or arrested you were screwed, now how ever they are looking for you. It is not a smart thing to do it...but I will support that anyone should have the right to leave if they don't wish to play a part in killing.

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Suicide makes one... petty? What do you mean?
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By the best translations thats how the Samuri always refered to suicide.
A petty act.
Dishonor to ones own life in the face of any choice that would continue said life.
The choice of only one over many.
A very petty thing to do. Imagine what their families must feel.
Thats petty AND cruel.
A Samuri's suicide was only to save honor in death because thay had done something too dishonorable.
Even then it was an assisted suicide.
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