posted on Jan, 29 2004 @ 10:10 PM
May I ask all those leaping to the defence of the draft, to firstly read this article.
The Bush administration talks about supporting the troops and meanwhile it cuts their combat pay midway through a tour of duty in Iraq, he said.
Veterans are being stripped of their benefits and more funds need to be reserved in the budget to support them, he [Howard Dean] said.
So, just as in the past, the veterans are being treated like #e by the Government. The difference now is that the Bush administration aren't waiting
for the troops to get back before thowing them away like pieces of trash - they are doing it right now, while the 'war' is still going on. Why in
hell's name are people putting up with it ? Do any of those aching to be drafted have any idea what war is really about ? It's not a fecking video
game. I've spoken to many people about this, and the combatants all point out that war truly is horrendous.
And then to get back, missing a limb or an eye, given for the 'cause', how are they treated by the Government who sent them there ? Like heroes,
like conquering warriors ? ... no ... they are treated like #. And it's not just now. This has been going on for many years. My own grandfather was
at Alamein - his foxhole received a direct hit and he ended up invalided back to Britain. And how was he treated ? Was he thanked for fighting for
freedom, was he feted as a hero ? ... No. The council told him that he hadn't paid their taxes during the time he was away fighting the Nazi's, and
took his business away. Bastards.
So - to Hell with our so-called leaders. If Bush, Blair etc want to send people to fight and die, then lets see them on the front line too. But we'll
never see that, will we, gutless wonders that they are.
[Edited on 29-1-2004 by Pisky]