For anyone who grew up during the Cold War, the notion of “defecting” brings up memories of movies where Russians being smuggled into the U.S.A. But, in a slight twist of the cinematic cliche, it appears that three soldiers from Afghanistan were trying to sneak into Canada.
USA Today’s article gives a lot more detail:
The soldiers were not found to be a danger or a risk to others. But, their attempt to come into Canada, does raise a question or two: Is Canada still perceived as the “safe haven” for the persecuted? Or, have we reacted to the opposing end of the spectrum, post 9-1-1? If I recall, many Americans accused Canada as being the “port of entry for terrorists”, which resulted in many conservative Canadians crying out for tighter border policies.
The question remains: Is Canada still the “safe haven” or is it the “point of entry”? Or…is Canada acting as both?