Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Soldiers Desert Anti-War Lawyers

A USA Today article discusses desertion within the US military and states that 8000 soldiers and sailors have left their post since 9/11. USA Today says, as a result the military has decided to crackdown on desertions. According to a anti-war legal aid group that represents deserters, "...the war in Iraq is driving more soldiers to question their service and that the Pentagon is cracking down on deserters to discourage anti-war sentiment."

One problem, the article makes clear that the rate and number of desertions has declined since 9/11. Further, most deserters return on their own. And as for Iraq...there is only one known desertion in Iraq.


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