Time Essay: The Pros and Cons of Granting Amnesty

SHOULD draft resisters and deserters be given amnesty? Or should they continue to be prosecuted and forced to remain in exile? The question is one of the most difficult the country confronts as the bitter war winds to its conclusion. Until recently, even longtime opponents of the war have shied away from this emotionally charged issue. President Nixon, his chin outthrust, answered the question with one firm word—no—at a press conference in November. But with an end to the war in sight and an all-volunteer Army on the near horizon, the topic is...

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