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TORONTO -- "I'm coming for you," reads one threatening e-mail, laced with racism and obscenities. "Desserters [sic] should get shot in the back especially at war time," reads another.
Vicious messages, mostly from Americans, have flooded the inbox of 25-year-old Jeremy Hinzman, an American soldier who deserted to seek refugee status in Canada after refusing to participate in the war in Iraq, which he has called a "criminal enterprise".
Mr Hinzman, one of at least two US Army deserters to have fled north, now lives in a Toronto apartment with his wife and two-year-old son, awaiting a refugee hearing on Wednesday, when he will plead with Canadian authorities to allow him to stay.
The former paratrooper said he feels the e-mail vitriol, sent to an address posted on a web site set up by Canadian supporters, can only bolster his case to stay north of the border.
Originally posted by NavyDog
You know who I would like to see reprimanded as well - anyone within the NMC or NORAD chain of command for failure to act and execute their duties on 911. No heads have rolled yet - nor will they. A true sign of complacency or insider knowledge to something devious.
Originally posted by curme
I also think he should be judged by his peers, so all of you armchair quarterbacks might want to tone down your punishment. Yes, he should be punished, but have you ever seen people crack in Iraq?
Originally posted by zerotime
I say let Canada keep the guy. Never let him return to America.
Originally posted by KayEm
I guess I'm going to get flamed for this but so be it. Won't be the first time OR the last.
He may be a soldier but he's also a human being and I guess he decided he loved his wife and child more and didn't want to leave his wife a widow or his child fatherless. To me he's the REAL hero. Also, he doesn't feel this is a war worth dying for. These are his feelings and I think they should be respected.
As to the poster who said he should never be allowed back in America, why would he even WANT to return ? After all the abuse he's getting from people who are nice and comfy sitting in their easy chairs typing out poison pen letters to the poor guy about # they themselves no dick about.
Originally posted by KayEm
I want his email in fact, so that I can counteract all the neanderthal machismo bull# that he's enduring from the testosterone overdosers.
Originally posted by IMAKECHAOS
I see most people saying he should be forced to come back...I doubt he joined the military thinking he would have to fight in a war over oil. Does anyone know the exact reason why he deserted? Was he just scared over the fighting aspect or was it over what the war was based on?