Originally posted by MischeviousElf
well without being brutally honest, as im sure you know this already...well if you refused to fight or tried to desert you would be shot
Only in a battlefield situation- yes if you tried to walk out when your unit needed you, you might get shot. Officially though, there was only one
courtmartial for desertion that resulted in an execution in WWII, and it was the first and only since the Civil War.
Here at home, deserters get a slap on the wrist. When I was at the school of infantry, it was standard fare to lose between 1 and 3 marines UA every
Sunday when liberty ended, and it wasn't uncommon for a guy to never come back.
Before the deployment, some servicemembers definately would desert or mutiny before a war with Israel, and they would not be shot.
And be unde no illusion that it would happen if they deemed it necessary.
That's exactly it- it wouldn't be immediately deemed necessary in a non-battlefield situation. By the time the scope of the problem was deemed that
severe, the damage would be done.
Civil War because of issues with israel? do me a favour most of the money saved in proping them up would double the welfare in US, it would
probably be a popular view statistically.
You're looking at it from a rational point of view (Welfare not withstanding). Looking at it from a rational point of view is not a good way to
anticipate actions taken for religious motives.
What you have to remember (and I'm keenly aware of this since I spent several years at a very high level of activity in a Baptist church) is that
Christians do not distinguish at any level between the preservation and advancement of the modern nation of Israel.
From a pastor friend of mine: "If we go to war with Israel, I will swiftly become a proud citizen of Canada."
From a marine I knew, seconded by several others who were in on the conversation: "The day Israel declares war on America is the day I become a
mercinary for Israel."
These people do not believe that Israel can be defeated- they believe God will utterly smite the crap out of anyone who screws with "His chosen
people". They don't grasp the idea that Israel has in the past and can in the future do wrong and tick God off, even in Christian doctrine.
The less religiously dominated areas of the country will be very incensed by such an attitude, and I honestly believe that serious civil disorder
could result if there was trouble with Israel- the saving grace so far (if you can call it that) has been that the people who feel most strongly about
it (the Christians) have been able so far to keep our government nice and cozy with Israel, so the issue hasn't come up.