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Jul 5, 2005 10:16 am

Non-Citizen Soldiers

Immigrants with green cards, mostly Mexican, now make up about 7% of America's active fighting forces. They seek not only advancement in the Army, but American citizenship, according to an article in The Christian Science Monitor.

Whether Bush's War brings"Democracy" to Iraq, or not, these soldiers will ultimately obtain American citizenship. This is in the grand tradition of both the Chinese and Roman Empires, and more recently the French, although citizenship was not always a part of the package.

I knew a Ukranian who was in the Polish army and was captured by the Germans, and given the opportunity of joining the army to fight the Russians, or probably prison or death. He won the Iron Cross, 2nd Class.

Now if we can just find some of those middle echelon, Iraqi Missing Officers.

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