Paul's Perambulations a personal blog

March 20, 2007

National Service — It’s still a draft

Filed under: Peace,Politics — admin @ 12:13 am

Politicians promise “No draft.”  At the same time politicians speak of the value of “National Service” by our youth.  They say it can be an opportunity to serve the needs of the inner city, to improve the environment, and, oh yes, to serve your country in the military.  There are real needs in the inner city and for the environment.  So let’s put some significant money into those areas now. Strange, it’s not happening now. But we will get national service when the politicians think a draft is needed and socially aceptable (oh, I forgot, this is not a draft, it is “National Service.”)  But come another 9/11 (which our actions around the world are making increasingly likely), when all “true patriots” are clamoring for revenge, we will hear “National Service” for real. Make no mistake, it is a draft in sheep’s clothing, with useful options to shunt aside those who might otherwise object to military service. With universal service for both men and women, there will be plenty of wo/man power. But the true purpose is to fight a world war. Those who oppose it will be crucified.  I will oppose it with all my strength, knowing what it really is and how it came about. I hope others can hold to that same faith — it will not be easy.

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