that a deserter received only a slap
on the wrist is outrageous
November 27, 2004
One of the reasons for which I, just an Iranian with a green card
at the time, joined the ranks of the US Army over 17 years ago
was out of pure financial and situational necessity.
I was a husband
to an unemployed wife with no high school diploma and a father
to a three year old daughter, while I held only an
associate degree in science for which I couldn't find any
But that wasn't all!
By time that I made the well rehashed and re-thought decision
of signing that dotted line and giving the ownership of myself
Uncle Sam, I had lived in the United States long enough to learn
and comprehend for myself that the ideological foundations upon
which the US constitution was erected were noble and worthy of
defense by me. Even if it meant that I die in their defense.
I damn sure hoped it wouldn't be so though! And I am keeping
my fingers crossed for the less than three years that I have
left to retire!
But let there be no misunderstandings. I will soldier, like I
swore to, till the end of my contract with the US Army. Oh,
I so know
and love my M-16A2 rifle just like I know and love my wife.
No US-hating mother fucker that ends up in my rifle sights will
I always had a warrior side to me that manifested itself in
my childhood by my desire to join the ranks of the Pishahangs
Boy Scouts). I loved the whole discipline and uniform shebang.
But my dad, based on his political ideologies and hatred
of Shah never allowed me to participate, and joining the US Army
satisfied my desire to be a warrior.
But this guy, Jenkins makes me want to puke! And the fact
that he received essentially no more than a slap on the
his desertion is outrageous.
So what does that say to me and my comrades in
arms in our time of war right the fuck now? Go ahead
and desert? You'll be fine later on down the line? Fuck that.
For me and every GI who died in Iraq and all the other
wars, he should have been smoked!