posted on Oct, 2 2008 @ 02:28 PM
I'll go out on a limb and suggest that a draft might be the fairest way to go, provided EVERYONE was obliged to serve and there are no exemptions
except for medical reasons. No deferments for those in college, the rich, those whose daddies can bribe a congressman, etc., as they did during the
war in Vietnam. Right now we have what is called an "economic draft"--it is mostly the less well off educationally and economically who serve.
While it does provide decent pay and benefits, it is often the only job these young people can get. Sending only the poor off to do our fighting
I'll preface the next part of this by saying that military service is, and always has been, the last thing in the world I have ever wanted to do.
But if a draft was instituted, to be perfectly fair it should include women as well as men. Many women already serve honorably and well. I
understand that in Israel women are drafted alongside men, and it works for them. The chief bone of contention is whether women should participate in
combat; that is a hotly contested issue which I will not go into now. I'll just mention that there are many non-combat-related jobs in the armed
My objections are mostly practical, like who would care for the children, the elderly and the sick? And, as others have pointed out, who would work in
defense-related industries and keep the economy rolling at home?
I'm talking here about what I would consider most fair, though my instinctive reaction is "no way."