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  • Wednesday, December 22, 2004


    Hinzman Hearing in Canada

    I don't know what the outcome will be for Jeremy Hinzman and his attempt to gain refugee status in Canada. The following exchange from his hearing in Canada outlines an attitude in the military so naked in malice and broad in its demonization that I was shocked. I don't know why I am shocked. From A Just Deserter:

    [Hinzman:]"We were going to Iraq to jack up terrorists. We were told this was a new kind of war, that these people weren't human and that they were not to be treated in a humane way. We were told by commanders in pep talks that these people are evil."

    Needing more specifics on who the army considered evil, presiding member Goodman asks, "Who were they referring to as terrorists?"

    Hinzman chillingly replies, "They associate everyone in the area as a terrorist."

    "The entire population of Iraq was considered a terrorist?" Goodman asks.

    "We referred to Iraqis, Saudis, Kuwaitis, Yemenis, Iranians as terrorist, as they came from the Middle East," comes Hinzman's reply.

    Somewhat disbelieving, Goodman asks again, "All Arabs from that region were terrorists?"

    "Correct, sir."

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