and this mini-edition of The New Yorker which was printed for distribution to members of the armed forces. . .
in which the talk of the town is the atomic bomb and the cartoons show butchers with no meat to sell . . .
and housewives who have learned to make do with rationed food and constant shortages . . .
and I thought of the All-In-This-Together Spirit that pervades English books from that era and is shown so well in the Foyle's War television series.
And then I thought about the differences in wars. In WWII, women went to work in factories and on farms to free men to fight; there was a draft; there were shortages which affected everyone; in fact, pretty much everyone made sacrifices.
The wars the USA is fighting today are different. Certainly the service people are making tremendous sacrifices. But as for the general public -- unless we have a friend or relation in harm's way, our lives go on undisturbed.
What if there were a universal draft - men and women - with none of those exemptions that so many of our current war supporters in Congress took advantage of because they had 'other priorities?'
A universal draft would put more people in the military so that the same poor National Guard units didn't keep being rotated back to Iraq and Afghanistan, so that we weren't paying Halliburton and Blackwater to peel the potatoes or run the motor pool or serve as bodyguards -- jobs that in an earlier time were done by the troops.
What if Congresspersons were seeing their children drafted? Would they be rethinking these wars?
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