Thursday, January 7, 2010

Epilogue: Regarding The Draft & The Real Reasons For "Operation Freedom" Wars

Any thoughts of reinstituting the military draft should be tempered by thoughts of the contributions that have been made to the world by the following six men:

Bill Gates: Co-founded Microsoft in April 1975 at age 19
Paul Allen: Co-founded Microsoft in April1975 at age 22

Steve Jobs: Co-founded Apple in April 1976 at age 21
Steve Wozniak: Co-founded Apple in April 1976 at age 25

Larry Page: Co-founded Google in September 1998 at age 25
Sergey Brin: Co-founded Google in September 1998 at age 25
April 1, 2004, article ”The Draft: Will They Bring it Back?”

In a move more provocative than policy-oriented, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) and Sen. Ernest Hollings (D-SC) introduced bills last winter that would reestablish a draft for all citizens 18-26, with deferments for education permitted only through high school. Rep. Rangel had voted against a House resolution authorizing the president to take action in Iraq, and Sen. Hollings voted in a similar Senate resolution. The bills must pass Congress and gain the president's signature before the Selective Service System-the federal agency in charge of implementing a draft-could induct anyone. And although it is unlikely the bills will leave committee before November's election, they nevertheless start the legislative process necessary for a new draft.

The Pentagon took the first step last November, calling for "trusted and objective" volunteers to fill the nearly 21,000 slots on local draft and appeal boards, which adjudicate conscripts' appeals for deferments and conscientious objector status. (Active and retired military personnel are ineligible to sit on the board, as are scofflaws with traffic fines of more than $400).

The Selective Service System received $28 million in the current federal budget, a $2 million spike in its funding, which as recently as five years ago was on the brink of elimination in the Capitol. If a draft were to reappear, it would probably follow the lottery system instituted in late 1969, which matches birthdays to 366 randomly chosen numbers-accommodating leap-year births-to determine the order of induction, low numbers first. Previously, a bevy of deferments allowed many affluent men to avoid service, placing the burden of fighting on the poor, working class and people of color.

But proposals for a new draft look much different than what existed 35 years ago. Rangel and Hollings' bill would make it harder to dodge the draft by ending most deferments and forcing students to enlist after completing the semester in which they receive their call-up. College seniors would serve after completing the academic year, despite the possible burden of repaying student loans which can reach into the $100,000 range. It would also require women to join the ranks, although it sets up a two-year non-combat domestic national service option.

Escaping the net cast by this type of draft will be much more difficult, too. In the clampdown of Washington's war on terror, Canada's safe harbor has frozen. Homeland Secretary Tom Ridge signed an agreement three years ago with Ottawa to repatriate asylum seekers en masse. …

The War in Iraq is — and always has been — about oil. Read:

Could it be that the War in Afghanistan is — and always has been — about drugs? Read:
Especially read:

The ugly underbelly of the War in Afghanistan is evil. Read:

Matthew 10:24-31 (New International Version)

Jesus said, "A student is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for the student to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebub, how much more the members of his household!

"So do not be afraid of them. There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”

The concerted effort to stop the War in Afghanistan has already started in Oregon:
75th OREGON LEGISLATIVE SESSION APPEAL TO THE GOVERNOR urges the governor to withhold deployment of Oregon National Guard to Iraq or Afghanistan.

Isaiah 45:5-7 (American Standard Version)

I am Jehovah, and there is none else; besides me there is no God. I will gird thee, though thou hast not known me; that they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none besides me: I am Jehovah, and there is none else.

I form the light, and create darkness; I make peace, and create evil. I am Jehovah, that doeth all these things.

God help us. Amen.

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