(CNN) -- A U.S. soldier who deserted to Canada will not face persecution if he returns to the United States, Canada's refugee agency ruled Wednesday.
No, but in my opinion, every American should consider him a coward.
National Guard Sgt. Corey Glass, 25, says he fled to Toronto in 2006 after serving in Iraq because he did not want to fight in a war he did not support.
Then why did you join the National Guard in the first place, hippie? There's no draft. No one forced you to sign on the dotted line!
"What I saw in Iraq convinced me that the war is illegal and immoral. I could not in good conscience continue to take part in it," Glass said Wednesday. "I don't think it's fair that I should be punished for doing what I felt morally obligated to do."
Actually, you should be punished for not honoring your commitment. You remember reading about that when you signed up, right? Or were you too busy combing those way cool sideburns?
Glass, who's still on active duty and is considered absent without leave, applied for refugee status at the Canadian border in August 2006 on the grounds of objection to military service.
And again, you wouldn't be in this predicament if you hadn't voluntarily joined the National Guard, you asswipe!
But Canada's Immigration and Refugee Board denied his application for refugee status Wednesday, prompting the Canadian Border Services Agency to issue a June 12 deportation order.
Good. It is my sincere wish that his unit meets him at the border and lets him know how they feel about cowards.
Glass, of Fairmont, Indiana, says he joined the National Guard believing that he would be deployed only if the United States faced occupation. After he returned from his first tour of duty, he said, he tried to leave the Army but was told that desertion was punishable by death. (H/T - CNN)
Glass is either full of crap or the stupidest man alive. I'm going with option number one. No one joins the military thinking, "Oh, I'll never be deployed unless we're facing a 'Red Dawn' scenario." Glass knew full well what he was doing when he signed up, and if he didn't, you better be damned sure that the recruiter made it perfectly clear. With all of the crybabies claiming that the recruiters tricked them - as if they're luring them into the office with candy - the personnel in the stations are making sure they dot their I's and cross their T's.
And now we're supposed to feel sorry for this piece of shite because, in the worst-case scenario, he could receive the death penalty for this? Yeah right, and I'm sure that this was the first time that Glass was informed of the punishment for desertion.
Personally, I think that punishment is wasted on a tool like Glass. I'd rather see the "Coward" label hang from his neck like an albatross.