Friday, December 10, 2004
CBS' "60 Minutes" reported Wednesday that more than 5500 servicemen have deserted since the war in Iraq began, according to the Pentagon.
A few, such as Jeremy Hinzman whose case I've been following, have fled to Canada, but most are still in the United States. Hinzman's attorney Jeffry House, however, says "he's getting more calls from nervous soldiers all the time."
House's legal strategy will focus on his contention that President Bush is not complying with international law. But how will he defend volunteers who signed a contract?
"The United States is supposed to comply with treaty obligations like the U.N. charter, but they don’t," says House. "When the president isn’t complying with the Geneva Accords or with the U.N. charter, are we saying, 'Only the soldier who signed up when he was 17 -- that guy has to strictly comply with contract? The president, he doesn’t have to?' I don’t think so. I don’t think that is fair."