I agree that one should surely know what they are signing up for, but I wonder if , for some, the mental image of what war is like and the urge to serve one's country is so vastly different from reality, that they can't - literally can't - cope.
On a personal level, I feel sorry for them as the shame involved must be horrendous - not just for themselves but for their families?
Quote: "we're there, and we're not just going to be able to leave. If we did that, we would basically be admitting defeat, the insurgents would win, and we would be humiliated".
Vietman springs to mind when I read the above words - sigh.
I'm not sure either that the war "is justified" either, but more than anything, I hope that the soldiers who are fighting so hard are always offered respect and heartfelt thanks and never ever treated as some of the returning Vietnam Vets were by the citizens of their own country.
I could be wrong about this, but to me there are two types of war protesters ... those that scream for peace and condem those that are loosing their lives to provide the peace those protestors are enjoying.
And those who support the soldiers, if not the government's decision to have the war and continue with it.
As for offering sactuary for deserting American soldiers here in Canada, I have mixed feelings. Sympathy for those who's reality of war is so far from their coping skills, they choose what must be an agonizing decision - and the realization along with all the Americans who have lost their lives, an additional 40 Canadian 'peace keepers' have died, as well.
War is a scary thing but I do agree, don't sign up unless you know what you're getting into. (I suspect I'd feel differently if there was a 'draft' going on, though).