Angry New Yorker

Tuesday, December 07, 2004
A Day That Continues to Live in Infamy

Although much of the press has allowed the day to past unrecognized, today's anniversary of the day that will live in infamy has renewed meaning in a time of war. Below are some bonafide websites to support our troops, and here's the inspiring and noble story of Sgt. Rafael Peralta, who gave his life for his men in Fallaja with:
"an act living up to the heroes of the Marine Corps’ past, such as Medal of Honor recipients Pfc. James LaBelle and Lance Cpl. Richard A. Anderson, Peralta – in his last fleeting moments of consciousness- reached out and pulled the grenade into his body. LaBelle fought on Iwo Jima and Anderson in Vietnam, both died saving their fellow Marines by smothering the blast of enemy grenades." (Read the entire story of Sgt. Peralta here.)
To support the troops consider:
Angry New Yorker does not support actions like that of this deserter. Canada can have him; we certainly don't want him. But I'd much rather see him extradited, court-martialed, and if found guilty (is there any doubt?), tossed into military prison where he can ponder the error of his ways.
Soldier looks to Canada
TORONTO — An Army private seeking refugee status in Canada after refusing to
serve in Iraq told immigration officials on Monday that the war is illegal and would
have forced him to commit war crimes.
Pfc. Jeremy Hinzman, 26, fled from Fort Bragg, N.C., on Jan. 2 and lives in Toronto with his 31-year-oldwife, Nga Nguyen, and 2-year-old son, Liam. Hinzman told the Immigration andRefugee Board the war in Iraq was illegal and fighting in it would have made him a war criminal. He also said he would be persecuted if forced to return to the United States.
A member of the 82nd Airborne Division, Hinzman could face charges as a deserter
if sent home and face up to five years in prison. He left his unit about two weeks after learning his outfit would be sent to Iraq.
- Stars and Stripes, Mideast Ed., Dec. 8, 2004, at 6, available at

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