There are not words strong enough to say how despicable I find these two young men. Or how silly I find those who would use them as "noble" anti-war figures. This is primarily, though not solely, because these days are not even remotely similar to the previous era; signing up for a volunteer army is not quite the same as being drafted. You know what you're getting into and nobody's making you. I don't want to hear, "I just thought I'd pay for my education"; that's one of the dumbest arguments I've ever heard, and I have heard it. And look at this:
Condon said Hinzman and Hughey were disturbed by the military training they received, before making the decision to flee to Canada.
Oh. So, like, was Pvt. Hinzman "disturbed by the military training" he received before he went to Afghanistan (where Canadian troops are also peacekeeping, mind), or after he returned to the States but before he was to leave for Iraq (which is unpopular with "Blue Canada", if there is such a thing, and I advise Canadian politicos/observers/etc. to devise some such handy shorthand as we were given by the 2000 election - perhaps something from the current election will give them a similar phrase).
So now these boys are maxin' and relaxin' in the Toronto spring, while their fellow troops are taking risks to life and limb in sticky Iraq, trying to secure freedom and lay a foundation for a multi-culti democracy (how Canadian!) while beating off threats from "religious wackos" to make Svend Robinson grateful for nice "homophobic" Catholics and Evangelicals. Hmph. This is a very sad lefty-Canadian reaction (that includes American emigres like Mr. Condon): Any stick to beat the mean ol' nasty U. S. is good enough . . .