Say no to the draft

May 26, 2010

I was surprised to read the op-ed "Reconsider the draft" (May 24). I expected Paul Marx to trot out the tired arguments about making sure all classes and sectors of our society equally bear the burden of military service. And, of course, the author mentions some of the prominent draft dodgers.

But I hold nothing against Dick Cheney for evading that illegal war in Vietnam. I do condemn, however, his malicious responsibility for sending others, under false pretences, to participate in the immoral invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. Dodging the draft but sending others into harm's way is the height of hypocrisy.

How can Mr. Marx fail to carry on a serious discussion of the mission of the U.S. military? War is never the answer. Yet the U.S. empire needs a massive military force, not to protect this country, but to enforce the government's will on countries deemed the enemy. Why would he endorse a compulsory draft and fail to note that the Pentagon is engaged in military domination of the world?

This is the best argument he made: "But too many simply did not want their lives disrupted." How about this argument against being forced to join Pharoah's army: All lives are precious, and one should refuse to participate in a military whose purpose is to protect the lifestyle of the aristocracy.

Max Obuszewski, Baltimore

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