SHOULD DODGE A DRAFT
WHAT WOULD IT ALL BE FOR?
By: Paul Fallavollita
When I graduated from high school in 1995, turning 18 that June, and I was going
through the college application process, I briefly considered joining an ROTC program. I
even filled out a business reply card and mailed it in for more information. But I never
returned the recruiters calls.
My father had been in the Navy, but I thought about doing ROTC with the
Marines. They struck me as the branch most steeped in tradition and the least corrupted by
the ills of the modern age. I still find their image attractive and alluring. I thought
that through my participation I might better myself.
Then I came to my senses. What would it all be for? There are a lot of oldsters out there
who may have served and who will be angry that Im writing this, but thats my
whole point. This is not the good, decent America of the past.
Im too young to have had the chance to enjoy that old way of life, the one that
characterized the good America. My parents caught the tail end of it, living off its
fumes, so to speak. I learned of it through my own curiosity and reading, and my mother
occasionally discusses it. Over time, I discovered that a coalition of countercultural
forces including gays, feminists, Blacks, Jews, and assorted hippies came together around
the 1960s (with roots stretching further back in time) and stole that future from me
before I was born. They dont represent me. In fact, they want me dead because
Im a White male, so they have made me a permanent opponent of their plans for a
"New World Order."
The Establishment, however, continues marketing the idea that there is an
"America" still worth defending, still trying to generate some sparks for their
agenda from the aforementioned fleeting fumes. On Sunday, November 17, Bob Schieffer from
CBS talk show Face The Nation stated in his weekly commentary on that
"Until we eradicate terrorism, our way of life cannot survive. If that means
re-instituting the draft, so be it. If that means American troops posted in Iraq for as
long as they were stationed in Germany, so be it...The world we want for our children is
the world we once knew, not the world of today. And we can promise them no less. Like
Churchill, our aim must be victory."
Upon hearing his Hillaryesque call to arms in the name of the ubiquitous
"children," I headed for my computer to write a quick response to CBS by e-mail.
I sent the following short paragraph:
"Schieffer suggested re-instituting the draft in his Nov. 17 FTN commentary
regarding the War on Terror. Easy for him to say! As a young person, I say
Hell no, I won't go! You see, I dont believe in fighting Israels
wars for them."
A couple days later, I received a one-line response, apparently from him, stating,
"Your choice. Thanks for letting me know. Bob Schieffer."
I found the key word involved here, "choice," to be both ironic and bizarre.
Kids who get drafted dont have a choicethey have to pay with limb and life for
the mistakes of their elders. The American people really dont have a choice, either,
in this Age of the Lemming in which media outlets like Schieffers manipulate
information and perceptions to reach their desired outcome. Is it any wonder that the
polls say a majority of the American people supports a war against Iraq? I often wonder
how the distribution of political power would change if more people turned off their
television sets and read instead.
Today, the military is used to defend the interests of Israel abroad and the
mega-corporations at home. Schieffer seems to have no problem with this state of affairs,
so his claim that he hopes America will return to "the world we once knew"
strikes me as odd. I am not surprised, though, by his glowing references to World War Two.
Americans entered that war saying, "Remember Pearl Harbor." The War on Terror
began with the words "Remember 9/11." Yet, someday, people are going to think
that America fought World War Two to rescue the Jews from ovens, thanks to academic
"Holocaust Studies," just as many now think the North fought the South in the
Civil War to free the slaves. Similarly, years from now, theyll say we fought the
Afghan war to free Muslim women from their veils. "First Lady" Bush has
approvingly hinted in the past at this pro-feminist aspect of the Afghan war. Again, I ask
the prospective draftee, or volunteer, "What would it all be for?"
Had I joined the military, I might have been deployed in Bosnia or South Korea. I
dont believe in those missions. I couldnt give it a hundred percent. I
dont belong there. My parents, who lived through Vietnam, agreed that their only
child should not join the military.
In the military, you have to respect "civilian control." Yet I hold those
politicians in utter contempt. Plus, Im not good at keeping my mouth shut about
politics. Im sure theyd have court-martialed me for having extremist
literature or some such thing.
As far as fighting for the Empire in Iraq, I wont do it. I cant find a single
war the United States fought in during the twentieth and now twenty-first centuries that I
think was correct or justified or that I could support. Should I be pressed into service
by the government to do the dirty work of Israel and the like, well, the government will
have already taken my life by enslaving me. As a newly walking-dead-draftee, theyd
be advised not to give me a weapon because Id likely point it at the politicians who
snatched me up.
This is always an interesting aspect of the situation for me, because I refuse to be
driven from my own countryIm not going to seek asylum in Canada. I find the
prospect of conscription quite insulting; my life is my own, not the States. The
boys in DC brought these foreign conflicts on themselves, and they expect those in my
generation, the friends I care about, to bail them out? No way!
Some will inevitably suggest I must be a coward for planning to resist the draft,
should one occur some day. Ive thought deeply about my motives, and I dont
believe I am a coward. Do I want to die or be maimed? No, of course not, and thats a
natural and rational response. I do think my life is worth more than to be killed on some
far-flung battlefield for objectives at odds with the true spirit of America. If America
were invaded by a foreign power, and I doubt that would ever happen given the logistics
involved, then I would obviously fight the invaders. Id probably target both the
foreign personnel as well as the Feds, since both threaten my freedom, but I digress.
Actually, one could say that a true coward would just cooperate if drafted, since
its "easier" and "safer" to be a cog and comply since it
involves more risk and effort to resist the police or military at home. After all, lots of
people who fight overseas in wars arent killed or injured, while the odds of my
arrest and imprisonment at home may be higherthanks to the coming Department of
Homeland Security. So if Im going to take risks, Id rather take them for
something I actually believe inand I dont believe in the Empire.
Dont get me wrong. War has largely been a positive force for the United States;
war gave birth to this nation, helped it expand across a continent, and kept it free and
independent. War only becomes detrimental when waged for purposes other than securing the
national interest. Incidentally, wars truly in the national interest tend to be very
scarce. This is the crucial distinction between a pacifist and a unilateralist, and
paleoconservatives and allied adherents of the Authentic Right are certainly not
pacifists, but unilateralists.
In these times of crusading liberalism, tough, true conservatives must return to their
long-lost anti-war heritage.
It really is too bad that one cant serve ones country these days and remain
truly connected to the values of the Old Republic. Id much rather join an
unorganized militia that is free of the governmental stamp of approval. Thats
how you defend liberty and your fellow Americans in Soviet America circa 2002.
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Paul Fallavollita holds an M.A. in political science from Purdue
University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Paul is a regular columnist for Ether Zone.
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Published in the November 28, 2002 issue of Ether Zone.
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