Deserter or Resister?

This week's main feature story is a big deal, and you're not going to read this story anywhere else. In fact, although Robin Long, who became the first U.S. war resistor since the Vietnam War to be deported from Canada after deserting the U.S. Army, made international news last year, BW is one of the only places where you'll read Long's side of the story in his own words. The 25-year-old Boise native doesn't give many interviews, but he first spoke to BW in 2006 from Canada. During a recent trip to Boise to visit family after having been released from prison, Long sat down with BW to talk about his journey from grunt to deserter to resistor to prisoner.

The distinction between resistor and deserter is more than semantics, and those of you who read Long's story will no doubt put him in one category or the other. For me, it'll be interesting to see how the public judges him today compared to his first interview with BW three years ago. In 2006, Long was largely seen as a deserter, however, as the details become public about the previous presidential administration's manipulation of data to justify the invasion of Iraq, I wonder if that perception has changed. Be sure to let us know what you think.

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