A study in contrasts

Two people were in the limelight in Massachusetts yesterday, two people who have interesting perspectives on the war in Iraq.

One of them was Former Sgt. Camilo Mejia, a National Guardsman who deserted rather than going to Iraq. He was a fugitive for a while, then surrendered to authorities. He spent a year in solitary, then was dishonorably discharged. An immigrant from Nicaragua, he is speaking out against the war.

In contrast to his pride in renouncing his oath and running out on his commitments, Tiana Barros was presented with a Purple Heart. Ms. Barros (no rank was given) was injured by an IED in Iraq a little over a year ago.

Mr. Mejia is a convicted criminal. Is there any reason why he should not be deported back to Nicaragua — and, if necessary, stripped of his citizenship?

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