Standing Tower Guard on a 6′ scaffold at the Federal Building in downtown Bellingham, [WA], Iraq Veteran Evan Knappenberger, 1st BDE, 4th Infantry Division, started a week-long vigil on June 1st to draw attention to the US military’s STOP-LOSS and INACTIVE RESERVE policies, which he submits are being used as a substitute for conscription in a political war.
“I spent a year in Iraq. I pulled 97 nights on tower guard,” explained Knappenberger. “Many of the friends I served with have completed their contractual obligations to Active Duty. Now, they?re being sent back to Iraq for their third or fourth tours. Some soldiers are getting called up after living years of civilian life. Stop-loss is an unethical policy.”
The majority of Americans no longer support Bush’s adventures in Haliburtonistan. A big indication of this has been his difficulty in finding new military recruits. Thus he has resorted to this “backdoor draft”. But what is really the ethical thing to do? Reinstate the real draft so that the current soldiers get some much-needed relief? Wouldn’t that just make Bush’s job that much simpler? And could we be sure that he wouldn’t just over-extend the draftees service times too, in even more places around the world? Or would a draft stir up more anti-war pressure from people who have heretofore had the luxury of ignoring the situation all together?
I surely don’t know the answer. All I can say is, if you’re thinking of signing up with Uncle Georgie, have a lawyer read the forms before you sign.