Things aren't going well for Jeremy Hinzman, a soldier in the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division:
In a December refugee hearing, he said he refused to go to Iraq because he was "unwilling to kill babies."Hmm. Somehow, I don't think this man is, either:
Thankfully, Canada isn't buying Hinzman's story. Yesterday, its Immigration and Refugee Board ruled that he doesn't qualify as a refugee and refused to grant him asylum:
The ruling said Hinzman's reasons for refusing to fight in Iraq were "inherently contradictory" because he was willing to serve but only in a non-combat role.Hinzman had no problem with the Army subsidizing his college education, as long as he didn't personally have to do any fighting. Canada may welcome conscientious objectors, but it's not interested in hypocrites.
"Surely an intelligent young man like Mr. Hinzman, who believed the war in Iraq to be illegal, unjust and waged for economic reasons, would be unwilling to participate in any capacity, whether combatant or non-combatant," the refugee board said in its decision.