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Thursday, June 29, 2006

American Resistance to Fight - A Satyagraha there too?

The following seems to be some kind of a Satyagraha movement by the Americans, it is said that 8000 people have been declared AWOL by the American Department of Defence of which 24 have openly declared as living in Canada and there could be several hundred in hiding in that country. Many of those who refused to fight the war in Iraq because they disagreed with their government (you should watch how young they are and what they say about their military operations) have decided it is better to go AWOL, to leave their all and resist arrest and forceful induction into armed force and instead escape.

Maybe Gandhi's Satyagraha would have asked them to face their government and refuse to fight in the battlefield and get shot! But, these are American youth, without the advantage of the knowledge of Gandhi or Satyagraha in their history. They have made the sacrifice of migrating to a different country, and that counts.

t r u t h o u t� - MultiMedia: "AWOL: GI War Resistance in Canada
A Report by Geoffrey Millard and Sari Gelzer

The Department of Defense has recently reported that 8,000 members of the US military are listed as AWOL. Currently 24 war resisters are known to be in Canada trying to establish citizenship, with an estimated several hundred more living there underground. Truthout's Sari Gelzer and Geoffrey Millard report from Buffalo, New York, and Fort Erie, Ontario, to bring you coverage of Peace Has No Borders, an event that brought US attention to political refugees in Canada. Geoffrey Millard interviews war resisters about their decision to refuse deployment to Iraq and seek asylum in Canada. "

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