17 March 2006

Double Standard?

Two stories that don't go together like chocolate and peanut butter: First there's this (via Innisfree):

A man was being held in a US military prison yesterday for deserting from the marines 38 years ago after being caught on the American-Canadian border amid a new drive to track down Vietnam-era deserters.

Allen Abney, 56, who lives in British Columbia and who is now a Canadian citizen, had frequently crossed into the US without incident. His family was caught by surprise when he and his wife were stopped by immigration officials on Thursday on their way to a social event in Reno, Nevada.

[The Guardian...]

And then there's this:

Alabama lawmakers are considering pardoning hundreds, possibly thousands, of people who were arrested decades ago for violating Alabama's segregation laws.

[USA Today...]


K. said...

love our priorities

Mark said...

Is anyone old enough to remember the parameters of the Carter pardon for draft dodgers? By Abney's account, I guess he wasn't covered but how many were?

Wes said...

Personally, I wouldn't be opposed to EXTENDING the sentences of those involved in segregationist activities. Unless they have personally apologized (see Byrd, Robert), then that debt remains unpaid.

This will sound intemperate, but I still believe we treated those Confederate slackjaws waaaaaay too nice after 1865. We should have gone Carthage on their white-trash behinds. We burned Atlanta, and it came back as a cool place. We left Alabama mostly intact, and holy crap.