No, peace is peace
Posted by metaphorical on 21 November 2006
That was a bit of a cheap shot at Rangel yesterday.
The general idea of universal service is a good one, and it’s what Rangel is really proposing. In the same AP story, there’s this:
He said having a draft would not necessarily mean everyone called to duty would have to serve. Instead, “young people (would) commit themselves to a couple of years in service to this great republic, whether it’s our seaports, our airports, in schools, in hospitals,” with a promise of educational benefits at the end of service.
If young people started choosing schools and hospitals instead of the military, we’d know right off a war was unpopular, and if all the young people did it now, we’d not only know not be in Iraq, we wouldn’t have the troops to be there at all. If soldiers vote with their feet as well as march with them, we’d only fight the wars we really need to fight.