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The Five-Letter Word to End War--Draft

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What are we going to do to stop the messianic president, George W. Bush, from blowing Iran to bits to further his and Mommy Dearest's belief that he was born to save the world? How are sane people going to stop an avalanche of obsession from smothering Democracy? What can we do to bring our troops home and ensure peace?

A draft. That's the answer. Only if we reinstate conscription will Americans march in the streets to protest war. That's when our electorate will be affected by the Project for the New American Century (PNAC), the plan for world domination that Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Rice are forcefully peddling. Only then will soccer moms and T-ball dads awaken from their complacency and say, "Not my child."

For three years now, most Americans have expected someone else's children to fight this ill-conceived, unconstitutional war in Iraq""a war that is hidden from consciousness because the powers that rule refuse to show the flagged-draped coffins, arriving at Dover. But the bottom line, the distillate, is simple to understand: If you are unwilling to fight or send your own children to this war of choice, then, don't advocate that others volunteer. It's so simple. If you truly believe that the occupation of Iraq is a noble cause, then, go immediately to the nearest recruitment station and encourage your children to do the same. If you think our troops are fighting for your freedoms, enlist now. And if you are already in the service of this country, ask yourselves this question: Would I want my own children to choose the armed forces as a career at this time?

We need a strong military, one in which our soldiers receive higher compensation for putting themselves in danger, for time spent away from family, for honorable service to protect the rest of us from the threat of another country's aggression, and the most sophisticated protective equipment. For their duty, they should obtain comprehensive benefits including state of the art medical care. We must always respectfully acknowledge those who choose to serve by sending them to war only as a last resort when every other effort has failed. The truth is that military force is seldom necessary. Because most problems can be solved through negotiation. It's what we teach our children. Don't fight; use conflict resolution. But that's not what most of our elected officials value. And the reason they don't is because they are banking huge sums of money. It's called war profiteering. They are using our loved ones to increase their wealth. And they don't care. Senator Diane Feinstein's contractor husband had made enough money in Iraq that he's moved his wife into a 16 million dollar mansion. So, you see, it's not just the Republicans who are making out like banditos. Leaders from both parties are reaping rewards. When they gave Bush the authority to go to war, they sold our loved ones down the river so that they can shop on Rodeo Drive. How much money do they need to be happy? How many soldiers have to die so they can continue their excessive lifestyles?

It's time for all of us to say no to war. It's time for each American to say no to George Bush. It's time to march in the streets for peace. It's time for us to take our future from the control of those who want to exploit our troops and destroy other countries and the people of those countries in our names.

The George W. Bush scandal-plagued Administration has wreaked havoc on our conscience. The George W. Bush Administration is toxic. Cleaning up the pollution from the George W. Bush Administration will involve decades of effort. Restoring our image abroad will require years. This is an emergency. Our color-coded terror system should be RED to alert us to the dangers from George Bush who's made us all less safe with his immoral appetite for aggression and endless war.

Our children are at risk. Our country is in peril. We have a madman with his finger on the button, poised to destroy our lives because of an insatiable lust for power. We can't depend on Congress to stand up and act on our behalf. Most have capitulated.

We live in a climate of fear and that's what BushCo. requires to succeed. We have to stand up to this fear and demand peace before it's too late. It's almost too late now. Iraq is in civil war; our troops there are weary and without adequate armor. And George W. Bush is planning the bombing of Iran, because the country's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, reminds him of Adolf Hitler. Does George Bush remind anybody of this dictator? If your answer is yes, then join with me to insist that Bush and Cheney stand down and step down. Now. They are a danger to our military and to our liberties.

And demand a draft. Only, then, will our leaders be forced to stop playing Russian Roulette with our loved ones.
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Missy Beattie lives in New York City. She's written for National Public Radio and Nashville Life Magazine. An outspoken critic of the Bush Administration and the war in Iraq, she's a member of Gold Star Families for Peace. She completed a (more...)
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