Thursday, June 16, 2005

Fair Draft is Better Than Predatory Recruiting

Bob Herbert is all over the recruiting techniques being using to sell our kids on the military.
Let the Army be honest and upfront in its recruitment. War is not child's play, and warriors shouldn't be assembled through the use of seductive sales pitches to youngsters too immature to make an informed decision on matters that might well result in their having to kill others, or being killed themselves.
On Al Franken's show today he even readily admitted his support for a draft ---if we are to continue engaging in wars like Iraq. That's what I'm talking about.

I see a fair draft as the only way to get a fair idea of who in America really supports our military actions. Unless the human sacrifice is spread broadly throughout the population, we can never have a true measure of how we feel about a particular military conflict. How we feel deeply and personally because our family, friends, neighbors, and we ourselves will never be far removed from intimate contact with the death and injury war inflicts, war's human cost.


At 12:50 PM, Blogger eRobin said...

God, a draft. Can you imagine being anti-war while a draft was on? Plua I have a fear that reinstituting the draft would necessitate another 9/11, which would mean some huge support for it in the beginning. And "beginning" could mean years. That's probably the road we're on though - especially if BushCo wants to get into Iran.

At 12:59 PM, Blogger Tom - doubts and all said...

I totally get the irony of favoring a draft and being anti-war, but really, I don't know how else the hawks will share the pain they are causing.

Alternatively, mandatory national service, with a military component (optional?)could bring a broader since of connection with what we are requiring of our servicemembers.

That's what I really want, true empathy at the top.


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