English translation: They insist that deserters show that there were honourable motives/grounds/reasons for
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22:44 Jan 15, 2003
German to English translations [PRO] / political essay
German term or phrase:ehrenhaften Motive
Sie beharren darauf, dass Deserteure die ehrenhaften Motive für ihre Fahnenflucht im Einzelfall nachweisen müssen
They maintain that deserters must, in certain cases, provide proof of honourable motives
Question: is "proof of honourable motives" an idiomatic expression. To my ears, it sounds funny. Also, the sentence sort of ends in an abrupt manner...