Peace Activists Rally In Support Of Robin Long

By: Eric Lupher Email
By: Eric Lupher Email

Robin long flees to Canada just as his unit is being deployed to Iraq.

AWOL for three years, long was deported from Canada and sent back to the U.S. just last week. This, the first time since the Vietnam era.

Long’s support comes from a local activist group who was out in protest Friday in Colorado Springs. They claim, Long didn't know what he was getting into when he joined the service, saying had the right to flee to Canada.

Others feel the exact opposite saying, if you plan to join the military during war-time, you better be prepared to go to war.

"There's a huge propaganda smear across the country to get young men to join the military”, says Garett Reppenhagen who fought in Iraq in 2005.

But according to Colonel B. Shannon Davis, the requirements of service are clear from the very beginning.

"There should be no reservations when you take the oath of office to protect your country and fight for your country", said Davis.

But Long's supporters refuse to give up. They refuse to believe the war in Iraq is justified. So they protest, hoping Long is set free.

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  • by Byron Location: Qatar on Sep 15, 2008 at 04:14 AM
    Become AWARE and visit (resitingGI dot com) on the world wide web! By Article III federal jurisdictional codes, Robin Long’s trial initially should have been before a Federal Jury in a Federal District Court and not in a Kangaroo Court-Martial that had no jurisdiction to hear his defense. A terrible Bill of Right violation by the U.S. Government! Argument: The oath to support and defend the Constitution from all enemies in Robin’s Case raises constitutional dimensions that rises under our Constitution and thus by Article III of our Constitution, Robin’s Federal District Court had the only jurisdiction over his Case. Why these fundamentals of LAW are bypassed is a mystery. If Robin’s Case had of gone to his district Federal Court before a Jury, he would have won hands down and now be FREE and the USG would have been embarrassed as the USG should be embarrassed for their continuing trashing of our Constitution. Look at resistingGI dot com on the world wide web.
  • by Jay Location: Co springs on Jul 29, 2008 at 07:52 AM
    Don, even we wanted garbage, we would have asked you to open your mouth.........
  • by DonM Location: C/S on Jul 28, 2008 at 06:16 PM
    Rob, do you even know WTF you're talking about? The Oath of Enlistment states " to support AND defend the Constitution of the United States against ALL enemies, foreign AND domestic. NO where does it state that you can be a dodger or objector because you don't agree with the war. Also, thanks for NOT joining. We don't ned people like you defending our freedom. You might as well be a Reservist = civilian in uniform. In closing the punishment for treason/being absent without leave during a war is death!
  • by DonM Location: C/S on Jul 28, 2008 at 06:11 PM
    Rob, kiss my beanbag.
  • by Jay Location: Co Springs on Jul 28, 2008 at 03:25 PM
    Thats the first comment, i can actually agree on, about this topic...... Well put Rob.
  • by Robert Location: PPCC on Jul 28, 2008 at 02:59 PM
    Don, you are just plain scum. Personally, I see both sides to this. If you enlist into the army, you better be ready to do what has to be done. There is no backing out. But on the other hand, it does not say when he in fact did join the army. For all you know, he joined up over ten years ago, and had no idea we would be going to war. I do not condone what this gentlemen did, but I feel for him. For all we know, he did not believe in this war, or its cause, so figured the risk of being caught running away is worth more than going to war. Many people felt the same way in Vietnam. He deserves punishment for breaking his contract and promise to the army, but it can't be that severe in my mind. I would not go over there or anywhere to fight if I didn't believe in the cause. That is why I have not joined the military, and I have to give props to anyone that has, had, and will join our armed forces.
  • by Jay Location: Co springs on Jul 28, 2008 at 12:39 PM
    so how does having a alternative lifestyle have anything to do with the topic... people like you don should be sent to mars maybe one day ..............
  • by DonM Location: C/S on Jul 27, 2008 at 03:24 PM
    While you're at it, send all the gays, lesbians and those with alternative lifestyles to the moon. Better yet, Mars!
  • by bill Location: colorado springs on Jul 27, 2008 at 08:10 AM
    Put this coward in jail for a long time. A a piece of trash, he is.
  • by Citizen Location: CS on Jul 26, 2008 at 08:35 PM
    What would have happened if all males chose to flee the country to avoid doing there job. As far as this coward's fan club, this is nothing more than a slap in the face to all of the men and women that bravely served for their country. To his supporters; you sit around and enjoy the comforts that the men and women have fought for. How do you sleep at night? You have some nerve!
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