Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Deserter from Iraq tells a harrowing tale

Josh Key, US Army deserter from the Iraq war, says there are 8,000 people like him. Here he tells his story:

"Joshua Key is a young man from Oklahoma who signed up with the US Army in 2002 with the aim of lifting his family out of poverty. A year later the US invaded Iraq and Josh was sent to Ramadi. Josh says that what he witnessed -- and participated in -- during his 6 months in Iraq, transformed him from a naive patriot into an army deserter. After going AWOL from the US Army, Josh and his family went into hiding in the US before crossing into Canada, where he is now claiming refugee status on the basis that the US Army is forcing him to take part in a war which makes no distinction between civilian and combatant ..."
Late Night Live (has audio interview)

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