Canada Denies Asylum to U.S. Deserters
Jeremy Hinzman and Brandon Hughey fled to Canada to avoid being shipped to Iraq. The Canadian Supreme Court yesterday denied their appeal for asylum.
Desertions are at their highest since 2001 and growing steadily.
More disturbingly, the pace of Army desertions appears to have increased even during fiscal 2007: 63.6 percent of the year’s 4,698 desertions were recorded from April through September, according to Army data.
The desertion rate is up 80% since the Iraq war began in 2003.
At least 6,256 US veterans committed suicide in 2005 -- an average of 17 a day -- the network reported, with veterans overall more than twice as likely to take their own lives as the rest of the general population.
As to why Canada shut the door:
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