Monday, 6 September 2004

It's time to stop the draft (before it starts)

As a recent article in the Fort Wayne News says "No one is going to allow re-instatement of the draft in a presidential election year. But the issue has been raised in both major political parties, so it's something we'd better start thinking about."

Yep. A flurry of recent articles ("Draft bill working its way through Congress," "A new, all-encompassing draft could arrive soon," "The ill wind of the draft," "A return to the military draft?") and a few politicians testing the waters ("Senior Republican lawmaker says US may need compulsory service to boost Iraq force") show that this indeed, is "something we better start thinking about." And pretty damn fast, too, before our sons (and daughters, this time) are shipped off to the latest war zone.

"Why Dodging the Draft Would Be Trickier Than You Think" points out that the state has "wised up" since the Vietnam era ... no college deferments, "smart borders" (in Dec., 2001, Canada and the US signed a "Smart Border Declaration," which, in addition to keeping terrorists out of America, could also be used to keep would-be draft dodgers in) and linking driver's license applications to SS registration.

also: top 25 censored stories of 2003-4

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