The article “American Deserter,” profiles several of U.S. service members who abandoned their posts and fled to Canada as America waged wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The author, Wil S. Hylton, paints the situation of these deserters as one of tragic irony. Opposed to the war, these service members sought refuge in Canada, a historically progressive bastion, but as Americans’ public opinion of the war in Iraq soured, Canada became progressively pro-war and began to call for the deportation of American deserters — leaving them now in a bind, as they are forced out of their safe haven and sent back home to be imprisoned for fleeing a conflict many Americans turned their backs on years ago.
Hylton writes: “Whatever else one thinks of these men and women, it is difficult to brand them cowards. They have chosen to spend the last ten years exposed to public scrutiny, with their lives and choices picked over by critics and no way to return home.”