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The right to quit

January 2009

Regarding Mireille Levesque’s letter, (The right to quit, 1 January 2009), I absolutely agree that American war resisters/deserters should have the right to quit the military.

Or, put another way, they should have the right to be dishonourably kicked out of the military after they finish serving their sentences in a military prison. These deserters are not draftees; they volunteered to join the American military. Regardless, military personnel cannot choose which wars or conflicts they will fight. If these deserters were true people of conviction, they would willingly go to prison to protest the war. Who knows, maybe one or all of them will get a book and/or movie deal out of the whole affair anyway.

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Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve for 13 years (1987-2000). He served with units in Toronto, Hamilton & Windsor and worked or trained at CFB Esquimalt, CFB Halifax, CFB Petawawa, CFB Kingston, CFB Toronto, Camp Borden, The Burwash Training Area and LFCA Training Centre Meaford.

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