allow war resisters refuge in canada!!
i recently finished reading a book called “The Deserter’s Tale”, which focuses on the iraq war experiences of private Joshua Key. This book is easy to read and understand, and confirms much of the reporting i’ve heard via Democracy Now! or ZNet over the past few years since the war began amidst powerful protest, and has since dribbled on in a much more sad, pathetic, predictable, and normal way. From the lies told in recruiting offices, to the racist indoctrination of soldiers-in-training, to the terrorizing of iraqi citizens, to the systematic pilfering of their possessions…..all the way to the refusal of a soldier to go back to war, putting himself and his family underground, ending up in canada, and truly seeking refuge from a nation that wishes to criminalize his decision to not take part in what of course amounts to the genocidal program of the united states of america, and their shit-eating allies.
the Harper government, who clearly use their lips and tongues every morning to clean the shitted arses of the Bush administration, are doing everything they can to prevent conscientious objectors from coming up here and demanding refugee status. after the supreme court of canada ruled that refugee claim appeals would not be heard, a positive motion was passed on dec. 6th recommending that war resisters and their families be allowed to stay in canada. the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration recommends:
“…recommends that the government immediately implement a program to allow conscientious objectors and their immediate family members (partners and dependents), who have refused or left military service related to a war not sanctioned by the United Nations and do not have a criminal record, to apply for permanent resident status and remain in Canada; and that the government should immediately cease any removal or deportation actions that may have already commenced against such individuals.”
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