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sing4peace Have anti-war songs changed anything? (108* d) RE: Have anti-war songs changed anything? 17 Sep 09

I'm still opposed to the draft. Always will be. It's involuntary servitude and only makes it easier for the empire to expand it's never ending war. I marched against the draft in the sixties and again when they brought registration back in the late 70's early 80's. Being a privileged member of the "XX club", I sent a letter to the FBI telling them that I would be openly advocating non-compliance so that I would be in exactly the same danger of a prison term as I was asking those young men to assume.

I don't need somebody else's kids (or parents) to be called up to war in order to speak out against the war. I'm always surprised when I see people advocating to reinstate the draft so we can get a "real peace movement" going. There already is a real movement going on. It just doesn't get the press that the tea party folks do. For evidence of that, please google "The Nuclear Resister" online and check out the April, 2003 issue. You'll see reports from cities all across this country - not just the "liberal" hot spots - where people risked arrest to speak out during the lead up to the invasion of Iraq. Reports of groups of people by the tens, twenties, hundreds, thousands arrested trying to stop the war before it started. It takes up six three column pages. Seen altogether like that, you get a very different sense of how large the movement really is.

I'm sure that a new call for conscription would prompt a lot of folks who are currently silent to speak out and get involved. Let's figure out a way of inspiring and sustaining that kind of anti-war activity without falling into the Karl Roveian trap of calling for the draft.

In hope,

P.S. Super Krone - that was a very moving lyric. Thank you for posting it.

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